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

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.

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.

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!!!

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

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

What about 8 tracks?

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 production from top to bottom was top notch. Really enjoyed it.

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

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!

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.

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

(Thanks ABC for supporting this special.)

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

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 the proper sequence. For the love of all that’s unholy, skip the rerun on New Year’s Evil and get things back in order (New Years Day will have the usual bowl game interruptions, naturally)

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!

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

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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General Hospital’s Rena Sofer Remarries Sanford Bookstaver

Congratulations are in order for Rena Sofer (Lois Cerullo, General Hospital) and her longtime love, TV director and producer, Sanford Bookstaver. The couple re-tied the knot over this past weekend in a wedding ceremony.

In a post on her Instagram, Sofer shared the details, expressing, “This weekend on what would have been our 21st wedding anniversary I got to Re-Marry my best friend Sanford Booksaver once again!”

The GH star and Daytime Emmy-winner added,”The journey we are about to begin is the most exciting adventure, in a new state and town, but most thrilling is that we get to do it together as husband and wife!”

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Alluding to their time apart, Rena noted, “The three years we spent apart were humbling and heartbreaking but vital to us finding each other again. The love I have for you now is the foundation of my life. I can’t imagine another moment NOT walking through life with you hand in hand and our hearts entwined. You are the love of my life, and it’s not ‘oops we did it again, but I’m so grateful we did it again!❤️❤️❤️”

Previously, Sofer was married to GH and Days star, Wally Kurth (Ned and Justin, respectively) from 1995-1997, and the two share a daughter together, Rosabel Rosalind Kurth. Rena and Sanford were previously married from 2005 to 2017 and share a daughter together, Avalon Leone.

Share your well-wishes to Rena and Sanford as they embark on the next chapter of their lives together as a married couple via the comment section below.

 

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GENERAL HOSPITAL Preview: Alexis , Finn, and Kristina Face Life-Altering Moments

This week on ABC’s General Hospital could bring a shift in the lives of several lives in Port Charles. In the latest promo for the daytime drama series, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) is seen in court facing her accuser, the brother of her former lover, the late Neil Byrne, in the form of Lane Davies as Fergus Byrne.

Will Alexis finally be reinstated as a lawyer? Will Fergus and Alexis actually hit it off since Lane and Nancy Lee Grahn played the beloved Mason and Julia Capwell on Santa Barbara, and Davies was previously on GH as Dr. Cameron Lewis?

Meanwhile, a pregnant Kristina (Kate Mansi) is reeling after seeing her father, Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) lose his grip and threatening to kill Jason (Steve Burton) and Dex (Evan Hofer). Will her unborn baby be in danger?

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Finally, Finn’s (Michael Easton) sobriety is really tested and it all seems to be inadvertently caused by the Cerullos. First, at the wedding reception of Brook Lynn and Chase, Carmine hands Finn a glass of champagne after his daughter Violet’s performance. Not paying attention, he takes a sip of champagne during a toast.

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Now, Carmine and Gloria send a bottle of bourbon to Finn with their “warmest regards.” However, Finn can’t stop himself from pouring himself a drink.  Will Finn finally give in, and we are off to the races with another addiction storyline for the good doctor? Stay tuned.

Check out the latest GH preview below.

Now, let us know. What do you think will happen with Finn, Alexis and Kristina on this week’s GH? Share your theories in the comment section.

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General Hospital’s Maurice Benard Defends Sonny Going Postal, “It Could Definitely Happen”

Last Friday’s May 17th cliffhanger of General Hospital saw Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) beating up Dex (Evan Hofer) and threatening to shoot and kill both Dex and Jason (Steve Burton), who is restraining him outside the ballroom at the wedding reception of Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) and Chase (Josh Swickard).

For months, Sonny has been taking less than his prescribed dosage of medication to control his bipolar disorder.  The mobster has no idea that he has been duped by Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart), who is the one that set this dangerous situation in motion, in an effort to eliminate Sonny and eventually Jason from interfering in Pikeman taking over the territory.

One fan questioned the validity of Sonny’s reaction to Dex and Jason after the pei, when he took to X and expressed, “People off their medications don’t necessarily go around hitting people and being out of control. This was the WRONG message to send. I don’t expect anything from Frank Valentini and General Hospital anymore, but you could’ve (and should’ve) stopped it cold.”

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Maurice Benard replied back to that comment and defended the actions of Sonny given the circumstances. The three-time Daytime Emmy-winner shared, “This is true but when you have a character like Sonny who’s volatile and is drinking and is manic and his thoughts are taken him over it could definitely happen like I said, ‘bipolar ain’t pretty.”‘

GH has portrayed Sonny’s battle with mental illness and the importance of keeping on your meds, plus the issues surrounding it for years. However, some fans have not been pleased by this latest plot point.

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The pick-up of the story begins tomorrow on Monday, May 20th where teasers for the episode share: Sonny is horrified. Blaze consoles Kristina (who walked in on her dad threatening Jason and Dex) and Jason summons Carly.

So, what did you think of the plot point of Sonny threatening to kill Dex and Jason, after beating up Dex, given his growing paranoia? Comment below.

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