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GH Nurses Ball 2017: The Greatest Hits, The Hottest Numbers!

Daytime Emmy winner for Outstanding Drama Series, General Hospital, is getting ready to air its annual Nurses’ Ball episodes. It all kicks-0ff next Monday on the May 22nd episode of the ABC daytime drama series.

Extra’s Mario Lopez, will make a guest appearance during the “ball” episodes reporting from the gala’s red carpet! Will he get the names right of the citizens of Port Charles and whom will be on the arm of whom when they make their entrance?

This year the Nurses Ball will feature musical numbers honoring the late George Michael, and David Bowie. As well music by Billy Joel will also be on the docket.

Who will perform these numbers on stage?  Share your thoughts below.  But first, after the jump, watch the latest promo for “The Ball is Back!”

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I can’t wait. This is a favorite time of year for me on GH. I remember the ball in 2001 when tee shirts and little pins could be ordered. I got 2 sets because my partner I had at the time had wanted one. He loved the Nurses’ Ball too.

you said he loved the Nurses’ Ball too and your name is james so are you gay

Yes I am.

r u to boyfriends

It’s 2017, why is any of this important?

I hope its not the same old male striptease and Lucy loosing her clothes whatever…put on a good variety show…dont know how writers…check out youtube…soaps here and abroad done variety moments in their shows that are good and entertaining…Days done them-wand were the best…Coronation Street old eps done them….i will wait and judge when i watch Monday!!!…please include Dr.O doing Greta Garbo…Corries Rita done in back in the 70s-she was good!!!…still it should had been a live show with fans calling in making donations and bidding on show props like Tracy’s portraits and that daggar Helena gave Alexis ect.,…show might had raise some money for a worthy cause!!!

Dr. O. and Helena should do a duet….Constance Towers is a trained opera singer and we already know that Kathleen Gati can deliver a blockbuster performance regardless of musical genre!

I can’t wait! But please, ABC, repeat the airing at midnight because another Trump shit storm is surely going to hit the fan.

Amen, Rhonda!

The past 3-4 years the Nurses Balls were disappointing.
They were were cute but nothing special..

The past 4 Nurses Balls reminded me of School Plays, a High School production of song and dance.

The writers, producer, directors really need to step up their productions, up into the 21st century entertainment.

The balls have been Cutesy and it’s always fun to see the actors showing off their talents, but whoa the balls are on the lame side of entertainment.
Perhaps this ball will be better ..Looking forward to the ball..

0ooooh oh !!

Jake will bring out the Death Canister out at the
nurses Ball as a magic trick…


Nell is going to need a kidney=== most likely from Michael..

It is all to obvious, sigh ..

Need new writers for both Y&R and GH…

Jske will make Helena appear from his magic box, with a snake’s ‘tail’ swinging under her ballgown. Surprise!!

hey there you are! hi Celia!

That would be entertaining and fun- a real laugh ..
I have not had a laugh not even a chuckle in years while watching GH (( that in itself is sad 🙁

good idea! LOL

How right you are, su!! You are usually right on the mark.

Helen will go all Hocus Pocus and the witch will sing,’I put a spell on you…and now you are mine!’…She will hypnotize the crowd who will try to kill each other-lol


Oh, Jimmy…you never fail to entertain me with your visuals. And the song? How a’ propos!!

Just not interested in this. Lucy should not be involved and get rid of the male dancers, very tacky. Years ago it was great, not so much anymore

Lucy Coe is to the nurse’s ball what Steve Hardy was to General Hospital. As the founder of the ball, she’s earned the right to be there until her dying breath.

“Earned the right?” How? By stripping down to her undies every time, which gets more and more ludicrous with the passing years? Um, no thanks! I would much rather see the funds allocated for Lucy’s tired act to be directed to legacy character appearances by those who actually have performing talent like Rick Springfield…as himself, Noah or Eli Love!…or Jack Wagner, who despite that former Frisco fiasco on the 50th anniversary event, really should come back to Port Charles for at least a quick drop-in to visit Maxie and maybe even meet his granddaughter, Georgie!

Love, love, love Lucy!!

Steve…I’m with you on Lucy. And Robin showing up. Lucy might not be to everyones taste, or all of the acts. But if it wasn’t for her energy, and Sabrina, the Nurses Ball wouldn’t have been resurrected. Must admit I liked it better when “talent” was more homegrown, or at least had a history with GH, instead of importing others like Mario Lopez (nothing against him personally). But it is shaping up that Jake and his magic act may provide some “drama” to the Ball this year.

I love the Nurse’s Ball. I remember it way back in the day, during its heyday, when there was no expense spared (in the ’90’s). I just hope this year’s is not focused on that stupid scarecrow and chimera storyline that Monotone Sam, and Emotionless Jason, Elizabeth, Franco, and Jake are involved in. It’s SO boring and stupid. Let the kid do his magic tricks and move on to the next act!

Anna, Alex, Robert, Helena, Valentin are involved in the chimera story, as well. I can’t yet see how they all connect to it but it’s holding my interest…I guess we all assume Jake’s magic tricks will result in something strange or catastrophic. I’m into it! LOL…as far as GH “out-there” stories go. But you’re not the only one not into it. With all these stories, there doesn’t seem to be one consensus. Can’t be too easy for the writers to keep coming up with daily new happenings that work for all the people all the time. I’m actually curious to find out what it’s all about. Will it pay off? Fifty-fifty shot. I do think thought that it’s a perfect spot for Jake to do his magic. Now if he could make AJ appear I’d be happy!

I love AJ, too-Sean Kanan, not that short, wimpy, Billy Warlock-UGH! Seriously, I didn’t mind Sonny putting him on a meat hook, lol. I love Sean Kanan, though, and TPTB seriously screwed up his return.

@dmr…I hear you on AJ…and Sean Kanan, too!…But seriously, the character in the form of this particular actor will probably never again appear on GH…or at least as long as the present regime is in charge. You see, not only did AJ leave Port Charles on an extremely sour note, but our Sean committed the cardinal sin of repeatedly appearing on the Fox News network to intelligently discuss politics and eventually endorse a certain presidential candidate, who um, how shall I put this???? Well, HE won! Need I say more? (Check it out on YouTube if you don’t believe me!) I’m also surmising that at least a few other favorite ex-leading legacy males won’t be making any future guest shots on GH for their similar political proclivities, and no, I shall not name names.

Long Live George Michael
I can’t wait to see who pays tribute
TO him! The main reason I’m watching this year’s ball episodes

What I always amusing (in a ridiculous sort of way) is that there are typically no more than about 20 people in the audience, sitting at no more than 6 tables. And it’s supposed to be this massive fundraiser…

As others have noted, yes, the male striptease is pretty stale and lame.

On a related note, as much as I love Lucy — hmmm, wouldn’t make a great name for a sitcom — is she still going to end up in her underwear in her 70s?

I am not a fan of lip synching…

Too bad they couldn’t think of a creative way to fill the tables? A contest for viewers, maybe?

The striptease is stale. As long as Lynn Herring looks as great as she does, keep it up. Eventually, TPTB will bring on Serena, who can take over for her mother.

It didn’t used to be like that Jamesj75. Budget cuts…sigh. Used to be a full house with most of our characters. A few years ago it was just a few tables with fillers and extras…barely a recognizable face! Last year at least they paid to have the actual cast at the tables! Let’s see who they come up with this year. Hoping it’s not Richard Simmons….

“someone” POSTED ???? last year the year before… the BEST idea ; yet

@GH fill that ballroom with FANS… loud festive hollah all the time partay

hi Jamesj75 ..

Yes! About the ”striptease”
If they are going to do that then they should do it right or not at all.
Never do anything halfway–
They either strip or not, if not its just silly nonesense and not a stripease..

You are right– I’ve said it too.. the Ball is rather ”lame” a high school stage show performance. LOL

but– still fun to see the actors strutting their talents. I like that.
hey! this year the ball might be spectacular ! ((bawaahaa)
it’s nonetheless something different to see and that is good thing!

— Celia has a great plan for Helena, above… 🙂 if only huh,,

Hi, James,
I have one wish……to have Lucy Coe’ s body when I’ m seventy. LOL.
And, for my husband to have Sonny’s stamina. I want my husband to take what Sonny’s taking.
WOW…one after the other ‘interludes’! DOUBLE LOL.
Later, my friend.

I am so looking forward to the Nurses Ball,at the same time worried the show will be again interupted with Trumps latest charade. Hope somehow ABC will be able to show the full shows later at night because somehow I have this feeling the show will be interrupted next week with whatever Trump. I always look forward to the Nures’s Ball every year!

It’s time to move on from Magic Milo or seriously change that routine.
It’s the same thing, just different color …..pants.

Magic Milo? The Incredible Hulk? All he needs is green paint. Ugh!!
I like Shay’s idea. Real-honest-to-goodness entertainment by real entertainers, with a splash of witchcraft, as su0000 suggests. Yeah!!

Hey, CeeCeeGirl…I think both Helena and Dr. O. could provide all the “magic” and “witchcraft” necessary! They would make for a dynamic—and diabolical—duo!

Hiyah, Shaybelle.
Wouldn’t a duet with Liesl and Helena be perfectly imperfect ( pardon the oxymoron)?????
Oh, yeah…bats, gargoyles and inverted crosses floating around their heads. LOL.
Sorry, for not answering sooner, Shay…..for some reason I am not receiving ‘soap’ emails in my inbox. So, it’s hit or miss. I apologize in advance if I miss some of your replies, amica cara.

Not at all, CeeCeeGirl! As if we don’t already miss each other enough when our posts are “disappeared!” LOL….But, yes, an Helena and Liesl a deux performance would be a match made in h#!!…..utterly devilish, not to mention a real meeting of the minds….and immense innate talent, to boot!

What is the song Valentin sang at the Nurses Ball?

And so it goes by Billy Joel. He did a great job.

Watching the Nurse’s Ball this week. It looks like most of the singers are lipsynching. What’s up?

What song did Joclynn sing at the nurses ball.

I guess I was the only one disappointed that the Magic Milo Act not performed in 2017. Was the only act I was really looking forward to! Kudos to the Valentin, though, at least I got solace in that act.

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Writers Strike Comes to an End; Leadership Votes To Conclude Work Stoppage

It’s over! After 148 days, the 2023 Writers strike will go down as the second longest in WGA union history, only a labor stoppage in 1988 was longer.

The strike will officially come to end on Wednesday at 12:01am PT.  This was due to a vote from the guild’s leadership that now has authorized its over 11,500 members to return to work.

That means: pitching and selling scripts, taking meetings, responding to notes, writers’ rooms opening up again, and more, can now restart.

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The WGA committee shared that the vote, “Allows writers to return to work during the ratification process, but does not affect the membership’s right to make a final determination on contract approval.” However, WGA East and West voted unanimously to lift the “restraining order” on Tuesday.

As the negotiators shared, the end of the strike doesn’t mean that the tentative agreement that the union reached with producers on Sunday night is a surefire thing: Union members still need to vote to ratify the contract. Union leadership announced on Tuesday that will take place between October 2nd and October 9th.

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However, SAG-AFTRA still remains on strike. So, even with the writers returning to work, many productions can’t move forward without their principal actors and performers.

So soap fans, how do you feel about this news for your favorite shows? Glad that the head writers and their writing teams will be back at work as soon as this week from Days of our Lives, General Hospital, and The Bold and the Beautiful? Y&R’s Josh Griffith, who previously had gone Fi-Core during the 2008 strike, remained at the top rated show during the last several months.

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WGA and AMPTP Reach Tentative Deal to End Writers Strike

Looks like we are close, very close, to the writing teams at your favorite soap operas returning to their jobs with news on Sunday that finally the WGA and AMPTP have reached a tentative deal. What remains is the fine print, and having the WGA vote to ratify their contracts.

This is welcome news to the television, streaming and motion picture industry that after five months of a strike has put the 2023-2024 TV season in deep water.

In a statement, the Writers Guild shared, “We have reached a tentative agreement on a new 2023 MBA (Minimum Basic Agreement), which is to say an agreement in principle on all deal points, subject to drafting final contract language. We can say, with great pride, that this deal is exceptional — with meaningful gains and protections for writers in every sector of the membership.”

As the deal goes through its final stages, the writers are still technically on strike, but picketing outside studios and shows has now been suspended.

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Among the writers’ demands that they fought for are: higher residuals from streaming shows, minimum staff sizes to prevent the use of “mini rooms” and protections from the use of AI.  The hope within the entertainment industry is that the new deal for the WGA will move along a new contract for SAG-AFTRA (actors) with the AMPTP.  As of Monday, SAG-AFTRA is still on strike.

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As for your favorite soap operas, during the strikes, the shows were written by non-union writers or “fi-core” writers who gave up their union benefits in order to continue working.

The next steps in process will see the WGA negotiating committee vote on “whether to recommend the agreement and send it on to the WGAW Board and WGAE Council for approval,” tentatively scheduled for Tuesday.  Another vote by the board and council could lift the strike “restraining order”and allow scribes to “return to work during the ratification vote”.

So, are you happy to know that the writing teams from your favorite soaps are about to return to work and helm the scripts and the vision of the shows? Comment below.

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General Hospital Alum Richard Simmons ‘Not Interested’ In Biopic with Pauly Shore Portraying Him

Former General Hospital guest star and fitness guru, the reclusive Richard Simmons, has come forward and addressed actor and comedian, Pauly Shore’s wish to play the 70’s and 80’s pop culture icon in a biopic about his life.

Shore previously took to social media and on X shared a side-by-side of him and Simmons. Accompanying the post, Pauly expressed: I’ve noticed the reactions to me playing #RichardSimmons in a biopic. I heard he’s living in Big Bear. We’ve been playing phone tag (yes, he has a phone). I’m trying to make it happen, you guys. In the meantime, hit up all the big producers. I’ll see you at @TheAcademy 2025!”

However, TMZ’s sources are reporting on Saturday that Simmons is not in favor of Shore playing him in a film or anyone else, or any biopic on his life.

The outlet shared that Richard’s reaction was that he was aware of the effort behind a biopic, mostly spear-headed by Pauly. but that he just doesn’t want to be involved. Simmons also added that he likes Pauly a lot, but he’s not biting, despite the public’s urging on social media about the idea of a movie on his life.

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Born Milton Teagle “Richard” Simmons, he became part of the public conscious back in the 70’s and 80’s with exercise studios and the ability to help his clients lose weight; many of them were celebrities. Simmons himself, admitted to at one time to being overweight, and getting into fitness helped him maintain a healthy living style and he wanted to help others.

Later, he began a four-year recurring run on General Hospital playing himself from 1979-1983.  Simmons returned to the show in 2013 for the Nurses’ Ball to taunt Lucy (Lynn Herring). He also was host of the Emmy-award winning, The Richard Simmons Show, which focused on personal health, fitness, exercise, and healthy cooking.  Over the last several years, Simmons has withdrawn from public life.

What would you think of a Richard Simmons biopic and if it included some moments in front of the camera and behind the scenes of what went down when he appeared on GH? Do you think it will ever happen given Simmons current position on the matter? Let us know in the comment section.

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