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GH's William Ludel wins DGA Award for "Luke's Intervention"!

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Photo Credit: Ron Tom/ABC

The 64th annual Directors Guild of America Awards got underway tonight in ceremonies in Los Angeles at Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.  The awards are presented each year by the Guild for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television, Feature Films and Commercials. And while many of the categories are still being presented, On-Air On-Soaps can tell you that in the Daytime Serials category, General Hospital’s William Ludel and his directing team have won for Luke’s intervention episode!

The much heralded episode aired back in April of 2011, and featured mesmerizing performances by Anthony Geary (Luke), Jonathan Jackson (Lucky), Jane Elliot (Tracy) and many others.   Geary explained the unique concept of the episode last year when he told the press, “The whole show is in one set. There are flashbacks involved, but they’re used in a very unique and creative way, a way in which I’ve never seen before. We go in and out of reality and not fantasy, but [something else.]”

Jane Elliot also revealed at that time, “It’s like theater. This is done stylistically. It’s a very gripping episode, visually. It’s also very simple. We’re in a circle with folding chairs. Luke is paired up with his children -Lucky, Lulu and Ethan.  Sonny, Carly, Nikolas and [my character] Tracy are also there.

Ludel’s win for GH bested some heavyweight competition from Larry Carpenter of One Life to Live, for Viki confront her altars , Casey Childs of All My Children for Who did JR Shoot? The AMC Finale,  Mike Denney of The Young and the Restless for Diane speaking from the grave, GH’s Scott McKinsey for Liz and Siobhan’s car accident, Cynthia Popp of The Bold and the Beautiful for Brooke Berry, and AMC’s Angela Tessinari for Jesse tells Angie the truth about the baby switch.

Congrats to William Ludel and GH for their win!  Do you think the DGA got it right? Let us know!

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That was a great episode from top to bottom, the acting, the set, the camera work, everything, so a very well deserved honor. If GH was smart, they’d submit that episode for the Emmys this year.

i really think it should have been a tie between luke’s intervention & jesse telling angie the truth about the baby switch………………….

that was good on all my children when jessie was telling angie the truth ,and when the baby was born dead ,that was some drama ,and how they changed the babies ,I love angie and jessie when angie saw jessie at the train station,they were good characters together,they will be missed,in pine valley, I cant count the many adventures those two went through,kept me glued to my seat ,all my children you are missed.

They got it right…it was gut wrenching at times, almost had to turn away…now thats good drama in the afternoon!!! Love GH anyway, any how! I hope it can be saved. ABC can cut those 2 new shows of theirs. Couldn’t find a less likeable group of hosts!

Yes, for once, an awards show got something right. The episonde was like theatre, yes, and did much with so little. Refreshing when stunts and over-the-top presentation attract the most attention.

even though general hospital has been boring ,this scene wasnt ,I liked the way it was done ,duck tapping luke down and one by one everyone tells him about his life and being drunk through most of it ,however I never liked that they made him the person responsible for the death of elizebeth and jasons son,I never liked that the baby was even killed in that way,or any way at all, took me back to when brooke lost laura by another drunk driver( all my children) I can understand the story going to ,drinking while driving,it has to be stopped ,but the use of the child upset me ,I guess it makes good drama,but I have a very soft spot for children and critters,so the whole story was upsetting to me.

This was such a powerful storyline–whew!

Yes, this was one of the best episodes of the year, I even saved it to watch again!!! So moving, excellant job William!

I think it was a close call between GH’s intervention scene and the Jessie and Angie confession scene. Just the thought of the anguish Jessie and Angie would be going through if it were real life. But I have to admit, I’ve always loved Anthony Geary’s work and this piece was exceptional on everyone’s part. Pray they at least keep GH around, because the heart break of loosing ALL my favorite soap is too much to bare.

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Steve Burton’s ‘General Hospital’ Return Previews Jason Has Blood on His Hands

Monday, March 4th is the day that Steve Burton returns to General Hospital in the pivotal role of Jason Morgan. The story of Jason’s re-emergence on the canvas has been kept under wraps.

However, PEOPLE has a first-look photo, and in it, Jason has blood on his hand. Not only does he have crimson on him, but he is dressed in black and standing behind a dumpster.

When viewers last saw Jason it was back in November of 2021, when a tunnel collapsed on him as he was attempting to save his brother Drew (Cameron Mathison). For the past two plus years, every one in Port Charles has believed that Jason had died.

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Burton’s initial run as Jason was from from 1991 till 2012. After exiting and signing on with Y&R to play Dylan McAcoy, the actor eventually returned to the daytime drama that was his home in 2017. Later, during the Covid-19 pandemic, he was let go from the series by the end of 2021 for not adhering to the Disney/ABC vaccine mandates at that time.

While away from GH, he rejoined the cast of Days of our Lives in 2023, resuming his original soap role of Harris Michaels that he played in 1988 and the year prior on the Peacock limited-series Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapter Two. With the tape schedule well ahead of streaming, Burton will be doing double duty for a short term, where fans can catch him on DAYS, and now on GH.

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Previously, Burton said on his upcoming GH storyline, “I got to talk to the head writers. This story is going to be sick. It’s gonna be awesome. So, make sure you keep watching, because the pieces of the puzzle are gonna be fit for when I return.”

Fans should also make sure to catch today’s Friday, March 1st episode of GH as Jason’s return story begins to unfold.

So, what do you think will be how Jason returns to GH starting next week on all-new episodes of GH? Comment below.

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‘General Hospital’ Reignites Scott’s Feud with Sonny Over His Past Misdeeds of His Late Daughter, Karen Wexler

In what now seems like many moons ago, Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) was a small-time mobster who owned a strip club in Port Charles. He enticed a young Karen Wexler (Cari Shayne) to work as a stripper at the Paradise Lounge.

But things got worse from there! Sonny convinced Karen that stripping was her idea, and he eventually got her hooked on drugs and into his bed!

Karen’s father, Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner) has never forgotten what Sonny did Karen and for years wanted to take him down when he was the D.A. Fast-forward and on Wednesday’s February 28th episode of GH, Scott visited Karen’s gravesite on her birthday.

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However, Scott had a visitor at the gravesite when John “Jagger” Cates also showed up to pay respects to his ex-wife.  This was the first time Scott laid eyes on the new incarnation of “Jagger’ on-screen as played by Adam J. Harrington.

Scott realizes he might have an ally to put the screws to Sonny after John reveals the pain and sorrow he still has over what Sonny did to Karen. Speaking to his former son-in-law about the break-up of his daughter’s marriage to him, Scott pipes up that Sonny, “walks around like he’s the mayor.” Then, Scott shouts to John, “Make him pay! Take him out!”‘

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In Karen’s backstory: after getting help, Karen was reunited with “Jagger” and left Sonny. The two married and left Port Charles. Karen returned as medical student and had divorced “Jagger” in 1997, and the character landed on the General Hospital spinoff soap opera, Port Charles. Eventually, Karen was struck by a car and died. Three actresses played the role during Karen’s history: Cari Shayne, Jennifer Hammon and Marie Wilson.

Watch Scott and John talk about their vendetta against Sonny Corinthos in key scenes from GH below. Now let us know, do you think Sonny should pay for his manipulation of Karen Wexler many years ago? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s Kate Mansi on Her First Scenes with Eva LaRue: “It Was So Tense and Uncomfortable, Which Was So Fun For Us.”

This week, General Hospital viewers have witnessed the arrival of Eva LaRue as Blaze’s (Jacqueline Grace Lopez) mother, Natalia. When Natalia blew into her daughter’s life, she also caught Kristina (Kate Mansi) in bed. The next moment, Mansi and LaRue played the awkwardness of the scene.

In the story, and at that point, Natalia apparently didn’t have a clue that her daughter is gay, so finding Kristina is her daughter’s room was puzzling to her.

Kate Mansi spoke to Soap Opera Digest on her introduction to soap veteran LaRue, who has appeared on All My Children as Maria Santos and won a Daytime Emmy for her role as Celeste Rosales on The Young and the Restless.

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“She just came in like such a freaking pro,” shared Kate on LaRue. “She was so good. It was such a funny first introduction for our characters – it was written so well and it was so tense and uncomfortable, which was so fun for us.”

The two actresses instantly created a bond. As Mansi explained, “Right away, we were doing these funny one-liners back and forth (between scenes). Blaze said something like, ‘Kristina is more than my friend, she’s my partner,’ and then they’d call, ‘Cut!’ and Eva and I would look and each other and we’d be like, ‘She means writing partner,’ or she’d be like, ‘Yeah, yeah, she means producing partner, right?’ We were just dying laughing.”

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On Wednesday’s episode of GH, Natalia learned Blaze was gay, but isn’t quite believing her, thinking she had been somehow influenced by Kristina.  In the key scenes, Blaze tells Natalia that Kristina is more than her friend. She’s her girlfriend. Blaze asks if her mother heard what she truly said, and Natalia claims she did, but then starts cleaning up the place as a method of trying to cope with what she just heard.

Things get testy when Blaze says, “Kristina and I…” Next, Natalia cuts her daughter off, firmly saying, “There is no Kristina and you!”

So, did you enjoy the tension-filled scenes between Kate Mansi and Eva LaRue? Are you liking where GH is heading with the story of a disapproving and religious mother, trying to come to terms with her daughter and her girlfriend’s sexuality? Comment below.

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