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

Photo Credit: Ron Tom/ABC

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.

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

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Dan
Dan

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.

ethel
ethel

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

barbara t
barbara t

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.

deb rhom
deb rhom

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!

Iakovos
Iakovos

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.

barbara t
barbara t

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.

Brian Greene
Brian Greene

This was such a powerful storyline–whew!

Bonnie
Bonnie

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

JoAnn
JoAnn

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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GH’s Maurice Benard Launches ‘State of Mind’ Website

Over the weekend, General Hospital’s Maurice Benard (Sonny Coinrthos) had been teasing on social media that he was about to debut on Sunday.  Well, it’s here! Benard has launched his brand new website, MB’s State of Mind (www.mbstateofmind.com).

On the site homepage is Benard’s mission statement.  The two-time Daytime Emmy-winner expressed: “State of Mind to me means being 100% present, feeling completely at peace inside of you, not letting your thoughts control your life and always looking for ways to be the best that you can be.”

The new site features merchandise including:’State of Mind” t-shirts in various colors, as well as way to pre-order Maurice’s upcoming memoir, Nothing General About it.   In addition, Benard shares his “Sunday Sessions” in a special section, as well as his upcoming tour dates, with more content to come.

Maurice released a video talking about how ‘State of Mind’ came to him one night following an anxiety attack.

As many know, Benard is a mental health advocate having been very open about his own struggles with mental illness over the years, and how he wants to continue to dispel the stigma of those who battle with it.

The new site offers links to three organizations close to Maurice: Nami (National Alliance of Mental Health), Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, and the International Bipolar Foundation.

Maurice released a video talking about how ‘State of Mind’ came to him one night following an anxiety attack.  Watch it below.

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Make sure to check out Benard’s new site, and let us know if you might be picking up one of the “State of Mind” shirts for yourself via the comment section below.

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General Hospital’s Cynthia Watros Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

Friday’s episode of General Hospital combined with Tuesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, saw Daytime Emmy-winner, Cynthia Watros, run through the gamut of emotions in her portrayal of the duped Nina Reeves on her wedding day and the aftermath.

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Watros, who made Annie Dutton of Springfield and Guiding Light one of the most memorable soap roles of all-time, showed GH viewers why she is just THAT good!  We have always said that Cynthia can play: drama, romance, torture, cray-cray, heartbreak all rolled-into-one; especially when given the material.

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In story, after part of the secret is out that Sasha (Sofia Matteson) is not really Nina’s bio-daughter – Nina, who has had everything she believed in fall in on her, tries to regain her strength to go back to Wyndemere to face Valentin, and move out of his house.  Once there to get her things, Nina tells Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) that where she goes is no longer his business.

 

Valentin admits that he was looking for her daughter which caused this whole situation, but he also does not admit his part in the Sasha cover-up and that he was the one paying her to portray Nina’s daughter.  He even goes so far to insist that Sasha’s actions were all her own.  Nina still does not believe him.  After she packs her bag, and heads for the door. Valentin tells her that his life is meaningless without her. Nina basically says, “True, that” in so many words … and makes her exit.

Next, with sunglasses on, Nina returns to the workplace at Crimson where she finds Sasha with Michael (Chad Duell) and Lucy (Lynn Herring).  She calls security and tells them all to get out.  Sasha then spins a yarn, much to the chagrin of the audience, knowing that if she implicates Liesl (Kathleen Gati) and Valentin, Nina would be devastated.  So, Sasha says she acted alone and faked being Nina’s daughter, when she was contacted by her attorney, and she was in cahoots with the guy … until he suddenly died!  What!?  Nina looks very suspicious… and throws back that how would Sasha know how to change three DNA test results.  Sasha had an answer for that – she had a friend who works in a lab do it.   Nina still believes she could not have done this alone without Valentin.  Then, in a heartbreaking speech, Watros as Nina shares how she has lost everything: her daughter, her marriage, hope she even had a daughter in the first place, and the list goes on.

 

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And … let’s not forget Tuesday’s nuptials, which we gave our review and recap previously here.  It is there that Nina is first blindsided, and the betrayal, rage, and hurt displayed by Watros was all top-notch.  Here is Nina finally marrying the man she loves, whom she had to allow herself to come to trust all over again so she could be with him, even with all of the warning signs around her.  Not only does she have Lulu (Emme Rylan) spoil her nuptials with exposing the secret of Sasha, but then has to process the deception  which means to her that maybe she never had the child she so desperately wanted and believed she had all along.

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The Friday cliffhanger though posed an upcoming intriguing scene.  Ava (Maura West) showed up with a bottle of booze to commiserate with Nina at Crimson (The same woman who Nina literally ripped the baby right out her and kidnapped it in a heinous revenge plot).  Will these two wronged woman team up?  Will there be hell to pay?  That is yet to be seen, but without a doubt, Cynthia Watros is Michael Fairman TV’s ‘Power Performance of the Week’.

Let us know if you agree with our pick via the comment section below, and what you thought about Cynthia’s work in these key episodes.

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James Patrick Stuart Finally Gets His Photo In The Hallways at General Hospital: Watch What Happens!

Where has James Patrick Stuart’s (Valentin Cassadine) photo been all this time from the dressing room area at General Hospital?  Well, looks like we may have the answer to that question!

In a brand new video ditty posted by the folks at GH, Stuart is seen combing the hallways looking for his portrait along with the other major stars of the ABC daytime drama series .. problem is … it’s MIA! Something James takes notice off.

Then, in a time-jump (LOL), Stuart finally gets his big moment when he officially joins the ranks of the cast with his photo being unveiled right next to Maurice Benard’s (Sonny) picture.

The tweet accompanying the video relates: “Contrary to Valentin’s opinion… @japastu is having the best week ever.”   Of course, the tweet refers to Stuart’s character who has just had a disaster-filled wedding to Nina (Cynthia Watros)

Watch what happens below.

Then let us know what you thought of the clip and how much you enjoy the talents of JPS in Port Charles via the comment section below.

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