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GH’s Michael Easton On ‘A Christmas Carol’ Episode: “I Was Humbled To Be Part Of Such A Talented Ensemble”

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If you caught Monday’s very special episode of General Hospital, you saw that Michael Easton (Finn) took on the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol”.

In this standalone holiday installment of the ABC daytime drama series, Easton along with many GH cast members including: Roger Howarth, Kathleen Gati, Eden McCoy, Maura West, Rebecca Herbst, William Lipton. Wes Ramsey, Jane Elliot, Leslie Charleson, Wally Kurth, Finola Hughes, Tristan Rogers, Chad Duell, Katelyn McMullen, Josh Swickard, Briana Nicole Henry, Donnell Turner, Kirsten Storms, and more, participated in the telling of this classic tale.

Over the last 24 hours since its airing, fans have sent much love and kudos Easton’s way for his fantastic performance as Scrooge.  But Michael, always one to make sure credit is given in total to all those who work so hard in front of the camera and behind the scenes, wanted to make sure the holidays did not come and go without acknowledging their contributions to the episode   From the costumes, to the writing, to the directing, this was certainly different than a conventional GH episode.

Easton took to his Facebook page on Christmas Eve where he shared this message:  “THANK YOU… I appreciate all your kind words regarding “A CHRISTMAS CAROL”. I was humbled to be part of such a talented ensemble. But again the real stars were the writers (the script was incredible), the directing team (Phideaux worked magic) and our amazing crew (the show was filmed in a single day). I would ask if you enjoyed this special episode or a particular element of it (the costumes, lighting, set design, makeup and hair, etc.) let the producers or the network know…The crew works so hard over the course of the year and they rarely receive the recognition they deserve.  God bless everyone.”

So, what did you think of the Christmas Carol episode of GH? Did you enjoy Easton’s performance? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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Rizz McBain
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Rizz McBain

It was a great episode. The cast and crew did an amazing job.

Carolyn
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Carolyn

The Christmas Carol Story was outstanding. I was glad to see so many of the GH cast in it.Michael was a great choice for Scrooge. Like he said there are so many people to thank That helped pull this off. The writing team definitely improved it shows. Great work to the Producer- Frank V.

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Violet Lemm

Oh pish posh! No, seriously I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I also thought that everyone in the Scrooge cast was very well suited to his or her role. God bless us, every one.

Jimh
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Jimh

As The World Turns when they did the Upstairs Downstairs Christmas and Now GH’s A Christmas Carol should be put on DVD and thats a way soaps could make money!!!

aria
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aria

dvd are unfortunately out the way of the dinosaur, but download I know I did, I got my episode on iTunes

Jimh
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Jimh

well, i doid mean when ATWTs first did the ep but i dont even buy devs anymore and selling my collection!!!

Harry
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Harry

What about 8 tracks?

Dan
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Dan

I usually catch up on GH on the weekends on Hulu, but since I happened to be home on Monday, I went out of my way to watch this show as it aired. What a fantastic job they did. Michael Easton was outstanding as Scrooge, Jane Elliot as Marley’s Ghost, what a treasure she is, Kathleen Gati was wonderful as always, Maura West owned the screen without saying a single word. Kudos to the entire cast that performed on the show. The costumes, set design, special effects as they weaved in an out of dream sequences, the music, writing, the… Read more »

aria
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aria

I love the episode, gh should do a period episode, they’re really good at it, everyone was great.

Shari
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Shari

I LOVED this SO much!! What a great Christmas present to the fans to watch these amazing actors give us a fresh take on a classic. Thank you!

Mary Anne Wilt
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Mary Anne Wilt

It was a fantastic show. All the actors made their parts come to life. Michael was perfect as Scrooge. The costumes were remarkable. The filming of how they had the ghosts appear and disappear. It kept a huge smile on my face the whole way through. Kudos to all involved both in front of and behind the cameras.

Linda Evans
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Linda Evans

Loved it! Bravo to the entire amazingly talented GH team. Hope it becomes an annual classic.

(Thanks ABC for supporting this special.)

brian
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brian

Outstanding ! As always, I still enjoy GH very much… hope the show goes on for many more years to come.

Satan
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Satan

Worst thing about it was airing it on Monday, then following it with a rerun on Xmas Eve, no show on Xmas, and then airing the episode on Thursday which was supposed to air BEFORE the Scrooge McVampire thing. It probably wouldn’t have even been noticeable, except for Tracy’s appearance in the episode…. and then seeing her “surprise return” at the end of Thursday’s show… which wasn’t much of a surprise. When the Impeachment thing through off the schedule, the first thing that should have gone out the window is the obligatory Helliday rerun episode. Should have aired them in… Read more »

rose
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rose

I was working afternoons Christmas week, but was able see the last half of GH Christmas Carol. I loved it! And everyone in it, the scenes and costumes. Wish there could be more of this kind of hopeful storytelling on GH which has been way too dreary for too long a time. Wishing you all a very good New Year and beyond!

Timmm
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Timmm

Michael did well, Jane stole the episode! What a treasure!

R. Johnson
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R. Johnson

Wow, It was a fabulous show. I started watching GH when it first came on the air in 1963. I was 14 at the time and do the math, I am 70 now. I worked 25 years for the government and could only see it on my days off or holidays when we were off. I have been retired for 10 years now and do not like to miss it. It’s such a good show and so much fun to watch and needless to say very entertaining.

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Emme Rylan On Her Final GH Scenes: “Laying There Emotionless While My Amazing Costars Cried Over My Comatose Body Was One of the Hardest Acting Challenges EVER!”

If you watched Tuesday’s episode of General Hospital, you witnessed an emotional and heartbreaking episode where friends, family, and loved ones had to say their goodbyes to Lulu Spencer (Emme Rylan) before she is transferred to a long-term care facility to be looked after following her brain injuries and surgery which left her in a coma.

This was to mark the last scenes of Emme Rylan who has exited the series after being let-go.  In story, viewers watched as Nikolas (Marcus Coloma), Maxie (Kirsten Storms), Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), Tracy (Jane Elliot) and a grief-stricken Laura (Genie Francis) sat by Lulu’s hospital bedside telling her they will be waiting for her to wake up, as the agonize over the gravity of the situation.

On Wednesday, Rylan took to social media to tell her fans how difficult it was for her to tape those scenes, when she expressed: “Laying there emotionless while my amazing costars cried over my comatose body was one of the hardest acting challenges EVER! They don’t exactly have you practice that in acting school (Thank u to everyone that noticed).”

In response former GH star Ryan Paevey (Ex-Nathan) who also went through a similar on-screen situation when his character was killed-off tweeted back to Em: “I 100% agree and understand, haha.”

The episode gave  Genie Francis a fantastic palette to play and reminded everyone why she is one of the greatest icons of the genre.

So, what did you think of Emme’s statement on trying to get through those difficult scenes as played by her co-stars?  Share your thoughts below.

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Daytime Emmys To Remain Virtual For Upcoming 2021 Ceremony

With an uncertain situation of when live events can get back to normal, or as they have been in the past prior to the coronavirus pandemic, The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) announced today that it plans on keeping next year’s Daytime Emmys award show virtual, to allow for the 2022 awards cycle to stay on track.

In fact, all of NATAS’s award ceremonies including: the News and Documentary Emmys, Technology & Engineering Emmys and the Sports Emmys will also remain virtual next year.

The Daytime Emmys became the first major award show to air a virtual presentation that others followed back in late June of this year and aired on CBS.

In a statement, NATAS chairman and CEO Adam Sharp expressed on the organization’s decision:“The current timetables articulated by manufacturers project mass availability of vaccinations for the entire U.S. population by mid-summer 2021, potentially permitting a return to more traditional in-person ceremonies later in the fall. However, we have determined that delaying our 2021 events to possibly allow for a compressed calendar of in-person Emmy ceremonies late in the year would result in unacceptable delays to our awards cycle for 2022. Instead, we have decided to remain “virtual” in the format of our ceremonies for 2021 while relying on a substantially pre-COVID awards calendar. In so doing, we believe we will be best-positioned to return to a full, on-time, traditional schedule of in-person ceremonies in 2022.

The dates currently under consideration for the 48th annual Daytime Emmys which would be via two or three nights of presentations are: a combination of dates from Friday, June 25, Saturday, July 17 and/or Sunday, July 18.

For those entering the competition, the entry deadline is February, 17, 2021 with  the nominations not to come till May or June.

So, what do you think about the Daytime Emmys going virtual again for 2021? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Port Charles Learns a Bomb Caused the Explosion as Lives are Forever Changed

This week’s General Hospital has reminded us all of why we love daytime drama and why GH possesses some of the finest performers in the genre.

Wednesday’s episode featured several emotionally-charged and gut-wrenching moments as loved ones find out the fate of several people in crisis, or have to deliver terrible news in the wake of the bomb explosion at the Floating Rib, which already had taken the lives of Dev (Ashton Arbab) and Dustin (Mark Lawson).

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As we begin, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) has a passed-out Lulu (Emme Rylan) in his arms and brings her to Portia (Brook Kerr), who sends her for tests.  And in true soap opera fashion, just as Lulu was presumably going to tell Dane she still loved him and wanted him back (following Dustin’s death) … he never heard what she had to say.

 

Laura (Genie Francis) fills in Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) that Dev did not make it, and then Liz decides to tell her son, Cameron (William Lipton) the heartbreaking news while he is recovering from his injuries.  When she does, Cam is overcome and devastated as his mother holds him in her arms.  Meanwhile, Carly (Laura Wright) is filling-in Trina (Sydney Mikayla) and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) about Dev’s untimely death.

Later, with Laura present, Portia tells Lulu’s loved ones that she has a cerebral contusion, and that there is a a traumatic brain injury which has caused swelling on the brain.  Laura and Dante look on devastated.  Portia then says they have already rushed Lulu to urgent surgery.

Julian (William deVry) is with Ava (Maura West) at Wyndemere.  She is attempting to hide him there, while he figures out his next step after planting the bomb.  However, Jason (Steve Burton) shows up looking for Julian now that Sonny found out that a bomb caused the explosion that ravaged the Floating Rib.  From that point on calls are made to ensure Sonny’s family is protected as a mob war is about to go down. Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Jason believe all roads lead back to Cyrus Renault (Jeff Kober).

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Jason leaves Wyndemere before spotting Julian; leaving a distraught Ava to come down hard on her brother … he has two choices…  leave Port Charles, which she will help him do, or stay, and if he stays, she will not help him or be a part of his life.  While they are discussing his next move, they learn Lulu is now in critical condition from the bomb.  Ava tells Julian in no uncertain terms that everything he has done has come with a cost.  Jason shows up at the Corinthos home where Sam (Kelly Monaco), who is not happy about any of this, finds out along with Carl,y that Jason believes he was the target at the Floating Rib.

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As Liz is struggling to hold it together with Franco (Roger Howath) having brain surgery, she speaks with Scott (Kin Shriner), who did not know of his son’s tumor.  She shares with Franco’s dad that Franco is worried he will wake up a very different person.  Liz is told Franco is out of surgery, and is in tears over his hospital bed.  She prays he will be alright and Franco wakes up!

Portia tells Nikolas (Marcus Coloma), Laura, and Dante that Lulu is out of surgery but in a coma, which Kevin (Jon Lindstrom) points out is normal in these situations. Dante goes to sit by Lulu’s bedside and begs her to wake up.

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Then, in devastating news for Laura, Lucas (Matt Trudeau) gives her the real 411 on Lulu.  He tells Laura that Lulu’s brain started swelling the minute she hit her head at the Floating Rib, and that her injury got worse the longer she was not checked out.  Laura achingly realizes Lulu was so worried about Dustin that she never was immediately checked out for head trauma.  Lucas lets Laura know that Lulu’s recovery could take a very long time, if she recovers at all.

Heart-tugging performances throughout the stellar episode were given by: Dominic Zamprogna, Genie Francis, William Lipton, Rebecca Herbst, and Maura West in very intense and dramatic scenes.

So, what have you thought of this week’s episodes of GH? The fate of Lulu? The performances from yesterday’s airshow? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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