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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.

Violet Lemm
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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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Soaps Get Mainstream Media Covers With Being Back to Work During COVID-19 & Returning With All-New Episodes

It’s so rare, but so welcome, to find the hardest working people and the hardest working genre getting some love from the mainstream press.  Now, next week’s upcoming double issue of TV Guide Magazine will feature all four daytime dramas and some of their current iconic couples on the cover!

The covers are a special edition and four different versions went to print.  Inside the magazine details some previews from the head writers and EP’s of the series as well of what’s to come in Genoa City, Port Charles, Los Angeles, and Salem.  Look for the edition to hit newsstands tomorrow on Thursday, August 12th.

The Bold and the Beautiful cover features Thorsten Kaye and Denise Richards as Ridge and Shauna.  Days of our Lives is represented by John and Marlena, played by Drake Hogesytn and Deidre Hall.

Meanwhile, The Young and the Restless has Victor and Nikki, played by Eric Braeden and Melody Thomas Scott, and General Hospital has Maurice Benard and Laura Wright as Sonny and Carly,

The TV Guide Magazine double issue dates are August 17th-30th.

As fans of the soaps know, Y&R returned with new-episodes this Monday, B&B starred airing new ones a few backs, GH was back last week, and DAYS had new episodes in the bank till mid-October and is set to return to taping September 1.

In addition, it should be noted that The Bold and the Beautiful was the first American broadcast television show that went back into production during the coronavirus pandemic.

So, glad to see the soaps getting these collectible covers? Comment below.

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GH Faves Finola Hughes, Ian Buchanan, Brooklyn Rae Silzer, Marc Anthony Samuel In New IGTV Series, ‘Enter Exit’

This week, General Hospital’s Finola Hughes (Anna) and some very good friends and acting partners debuted in a new IGTV series, directed by Hughes amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s a thriller! What else would we expect from the woman who plays super spy Anna Devane on the ABC daytime drama series.

The IGTV (Instagam’s longer video application) series is called, Enter Exit, and there are 11 episodes, and the first one dropped on Monday.  It is  written by TV scribe Matt Boren, and also stars some of Port Charles’ longtime favorites that include: Ian Buchanan (Ex-Duke), Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma) and Marc Anthony Samuel (Felix).

Hughes told SOD how she was inspired to come up with the concept for the show:  “I started to think about, if you’re in lockdown, what would be a narrative where you could act in a vacuum, basically? I first started thinking about what my character would be — a retired (government) agent. And then there’s some reason that I’m retired. And I started to think about stationary shots and walking into your closeup and all those kinds of things. I left (the rest) with Matt; it was basically, ‘Whatever he writes, we’ll do.’ And I just sort of concentrated on how, feasibly, we could do it.”’

Boren, who has been an ardent viewer of GH from its hey day, shared on working off Hughes seeds of an idea to what Enter Exit is about: “In a sense, it’s a local detective thriller that starts out small — and understandably so as season one takes place during the pandemic. However, what we seed throughout these first 11 mini-episodes hints at a show that longs to be on a much larger, more global scale. We were absolutely inspired by ’80s GH — the WSB, the espionage and larger than life stories that were so thrilling, and through Devane/Scorpio/Lavery/Donnelly/Jones, so grounded. Throw that in with some Killing Eve, X-Files and (this will make sense down the line) Stranger Things, and you have a recipe that might be pages away in our cookbook.”

Now check out episode 1 below featuring Hughes and Silzer and make sure to follow Finola’s IG account for all-new installments of Enter Exit.

So, what do you think about the concept of the series? Excited to see more? Let us know via the comment section.

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GH’s Maurice Benard and DAYS Kassie DePaiva Named “Power Performances of the Week”

Two daytime vets in two very opposing types of storylines delivered emotional and riveting work during their scenes.  First on General Hospital, Maurice Benard (Sonny) in yet another stellar knockout performance in the Alzheimer’s storyline; showed the anguish and pain of a son trying to come to terms with his father’s ultimate fate.

This week saw Sonny originally deciding to try to prolong Mike’s (Max Gail) life by having him placed on a feeding tube, but soon after seeing the fate of Yvonne, another Alzheimer’s patient, and a talk with Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Sonny changed course, and did what’s best for Mike, not for himself, and decided to let his father die with dignity and with as least suffering as possible.

We don’t think there could have been a dry eye in the house when Sonny visited Mike’s hospital bedside, and told him that it’s OK for his dad to let go, and not have to stick around for him.  Max Gail, as per usual, was also so touching in these scenes.

Benard did not overplay a beat, and for anyone who has had a parent die of this dreadful disease, you could relate to what Sonny went through in the more than capable hands of this two-time Daytime Emmy winner.

Over on Days of our Lives, what a return for Kassie DePaiva in her role as Eve Donovan! This time, she has come back unhinged and at an emotional rock bottom, so much so that she had abducted Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson), had him taken to an abandoned warehouse, strapped him up, tortured him with an assist from Dr. Rolf’s protege, Vincent (Michael Teh), and came up with this twisted plot to have Ben turn back into the “necktie serial killer” and kill his bride, Ciara (Victoria Konefal).

Why, you say? Well, because Eve’s daughter, Paige was one of Ben’s victims and it has been eating Eve alive this whole time. She is a mama grieving for her daughter so deeply that she can’t understand why Paige is dead and he is left on earth to roam around free and find love and happiness… and we find out she was gutted when Ben got a last-minute reprieve when he was recently sentenced to death by lethal injection.

DePaiva played this arc of Eve’s story as a soapalicious villain, but when you really deconstruct it, Eve is just in so much pain… and all of that came through even in the darkest of scenes.  And … there is yet more to come!

Kudos to Maurice and Kassie for being named Michael Fairman TV’s “Power Performances of the Week”.

So, do you agree with our picks for Maurice and Kassie? What did you think of their work? Comment below.

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