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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.

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Brian Greene
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Brian Greene

This was such a powerful storyline–whew!

Bonnie
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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
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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.

Days Of Our Lives

Watch the Replay: GH, DAYS, Y&R, B&B & OLTL Stars at Michael Fairman’s Virtual Birthday Party for SAG-AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 Relief Fund

Earlier this week on Monday night, several of the stars of General Hospital, Days of our Lives, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, and One Life to Live, took part in a virtual livestream “party” for Michael Fairman’s 60th birthday.

The event was held virtually to help performers in need who have been deeply affected by the Covid-19 pandemic by letting viewers know where to make a donation to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Covid-19 Relief Fund.

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Participating throughout the 90 minute livestream were: The Young and the Restless, Jason Thompson, Sharon Case, and Christian LeBlanc, General Hospital’s Maurice Benard, Laura Wright, Wes Ramsey, and Chloe Lanier, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Katherine Kelly Lang, Days of our Lives’ Rob Scott Wilson, Eric Martsolf, Galen Gering, Arianne Zucker, Shawn Christian, Santa Barbara favorite, A Martinez, One Life to Live’s Kristen Alderson and Eddie Alderson, and Studio City’s Sean Kanan.

You can catch the replay of the birthday benefit event below or on The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube.

Throughout the evening, the actors shared stories of how they got their SAG card, played a game of Michael’s trivia, and revealed stories about themselves and other “party” guests in a wonderful display of community and camaraderie at all went down live!

Since March of 2o2o, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation has given out more than $6.2 million in emergency aid to over 6,500 SAG-AFTRA performers and their families facing hardship and uncertainty during this pandemic. Thousands of SAG-AFTRA artists have found themselves in dire need of assistance to help pay their rent, buy groceries, cover health care premiums and other bills.  You can still make a donation of any dollar amount to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 relief fund here. https://members.sagfoundation.org/donate 

Now, check it out below, and let us know if you enjoyed the virtual birthday party livestream via the comment section.

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All My Children

‘ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway’ One-Night Only Streaming Concert With Favorites from AMC, GH and OLTL

Beloved stars from All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital will reunite for ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway, a one-night-only streaming concert benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.   The free streamed event can be viewed on the Broadway Cares website beginning at 8 pm Eastern on Thursday, February 11.

Additionally, the event can be seen on Broadway Cares’ YouTube Channel, ABC-owned television stations’ 32 connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku and each of the eight stations’ websites around the country, including abc7ny.com and Good Morning America’s Facebook page..

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The star-studded lineup will include performances by All My Children’s Bobbie Eakes, Melissa Claire Egan, Vincent Irizarry, Eva La Rue, Susan Lucci, Cameron Mathison, Eden Riegel, Chrishell Stause and Walt Willey, One Life to Live’s Kristen Alderson, BethAnn Fuenmayor, Kathy Brier, Kassie DePaiva, David Gregory, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Catherine Hickland, Mark Lawson, Hillary B. Smith, Jason Tam and Brittany Underwood; and General Hospital’s Bradford Anderson, Brandon Barash and Anthony Geary..

For the February 11 streaming special, viewers can expect to hear a bevy of Broadway classics and jazzy standards.  The streaming event will be directed by John Dietrich, who also directed each of the live stage performances.

Dedicated fans also will have the opportunity for one-on-one virtual meet-and-greets with their favorite soap stars on Saturday, February 13.  Further information on tickets and the lineup of special guests  will be announced later this month.

From 2005-2011, the stars of ABC Daytime took the stage at New York City’s Town Hall one night each year for ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares. The evening featured dynamic production numbers, heartfelt ballads and hilarious skitsNow, 10 years after that final performance, the iconic ABC Daytime actors revisit their performances as they help raise money for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

When the event began in 2005. it was for a one-night benefit concert to celebrate All My Children’s 35th Anniversary. With overwhelming support from fans, the event continued for six more years and included cast members from One Life to Live, General Hospital and co-hosts of The View. Over its seven-year run, ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares raised an incredible $1.85 million.

“This event is truly one of a kind,” Broadway Cares Executive Director Tom Viola said. “We are so thankful to the stars from ABC Daytime for joining us again as we relive moments from this delightful tradition, while helping to provide lifesaving medication, healthy meals and emergency support to those struggling during this ongoing pandemic.”

“It was such an incredible privilege and joy to join my fellow co-stars to perform in the seven ABC Daytime Salutes concerts to benefit Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS,” said former All My Children star Susan Lucci. “There are no fans like ABC Daytime fans. Their love and support continue to astonish us.  We can’t wait to share these special performances with them and help raise money for so many in need during this difficult time.”

Lucci also shared her excitement on her Instagram account expressing: “We’re getting the fans and cast back together!!! Join us on Thursday, February 11 at 8pm for “ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway”—a fabulous online event revisiting seven years of singing, dancing and plot twists, featuring your favorite ABC Daytime stars. And it’s all to help Broadway Cares support our friends and neighbors who are struggling during this pandemic. Watch the stream at
broadway-cares.org, to join the fun! I hope to see you there!”

So excited to hear about the ABC Daytime Back to Broadway event? Let us know in the comment section, and check out the announcement from The View’s Whoopi Goldberg below.

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General Hospital

ESPN and GH’s Stephen A. Smith Welcomes Maurice Benard & Eric Braeden to His New Show, ‘Stephen A’s World’

This week, famed sports personality and icon, and recurring General Hospital star, Stephen A. Smith (Brick), has launched his new series on ESPN+ streaming service entitled Stephen A’s World  Smith also serves as the series executive producer through his production company SAS Productions.

On Thursday, January 14th, be on the lookout for two other icons to join Smith! That is when his two daytime favorites and friends; Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH) and Eric Braeden (Victor, Y&R) will be his special guesst.  As soap fans know, Smith spoke at Braeden’s 40th anniversary milestone with Y&R and frequently shares scenes with Benard on GH.

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The weeknight series goes beyond the sports headlines to give the audience an authentic and unique understanding of the stories that matter with Smith’s style and entertainment perspective, including deep expertise and unparalleled relationships with some of the most influential figures in sports, entertainment, and more.  The 30-minute episodes will be available every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday night and available anytime on demand.

Smith said about Stephen A’s World: “This is definitely something new. Sure, it’ll be sports-related. I’ll never depart from that. But this is also a look inside MY world, beyond what you customarily see from me across all the other ESPN platforms. From talking to A-List guests, to bringing ‘Baby Stephen A’ into the mix, to asking the ‘Love Doctor’ to save a few relationships sports are actually compromising, you just never know what you’ll get from me day-to-day. It all depends on my mood. That’s Stephen A’s World in a nutshell. Putting the PLUS in ESPN+. And I can’t wait.”

Make sure to check out the conversations between Stephen, Maurice, and Eric tomorrow night and check out Stephen’s new show.  Let us know if you will be watching via the comment section below.

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