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Good Afternoon America Continues To Bring In Abysmal Ratings! Losing One-Half of OLTL's Former Audience in Key Demo!

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When the last regime tinkered with the ABC Daytime line-up by wiping Llanview and One Life to Live off the television map, they tried first to bring viewers the ill-fated, The Revolution.  When that did not fly and to get out of that flop, the network put on in its place the nine-week summer replacement series, Good Afternoon America, the spin off of the highly successful and now top rated morning program, Good Morning America (first time in 17 years)!

However, GAA is also performing extremely bad.  Take a look at the numbers courtesy of TV Media Insight, which indicates that week three of the series, ” dipped to 1.70 million viewers and continues to lose about one-half of the year-ago One Life to Live audience, according to the Live Plus Same Day data from Nielsen.”

Here are some key numbers in key demos with comparison between GAA and OLTL with change versus the comparable year-ago period in parentheses, so you can  follow the big picture!  Total Viewers:  Good Afternoon America (ABC): 1.70 (-39 from One Life to Live) Women 25-54: Good Afternoon America (ABC): 404,000 (-50 from One Life to Live)  Women 18-49:  Good Afternoon America (ABC): 293,000 (-57 from One Life to Live)  Women 18-34:   Good Afternoon America (ABC): 106,000 (-50 One Life to Live)

How do you feel after looking at these numbers?  Clearly, GAA looks to not have a chance to continue in any form, which is good news for General Hospital.  And from all reports, GH has been given the nod to continue on with the network firmly behind it through its 50th Anniversary.

With that said, this is no consolation for One Life to Live fans, who suffered the fate of watching their favorite characters and stories being taken off the air only to be  replaced with a lifestyle/makeover series and a afternoon news entertainment program that did not capture America’s hearts.   Weigh-in!

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Vickie
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Vickie

LOL!!

susan M.
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susan M.

I knew they would fail…Our soaps and that’s it..

nancy
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nancy

music to my ears. They deserve to fail with every show they launch in the afternoon that’s not a soap!!

susan M.
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susan M.

I AGREE TOTALLY WITH YOU (Nancy)………………………..

Jane
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Jane

ABC made a huge mistake cancelling OLTL. I will never watch anything in the OLTL TIMESLOT. In fact, my tv is not tuned to ABC daytime or primetime. My cable company could take ABC off their lineup and I wouldn’t care. Same goes for Disney channels.

Ruby
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Ruby

@Jane, we’ve all learned that lesson already. Don’t you miss T.V in the late 90’s and early 2000’s?

MikeT
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MikeT

ABC is dead to me except for General Hospital !!

Mike
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Mike

Bring back OLTL and all will be well with the world….

Susan M.
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Susan M.

Diito!!!

Liz
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Liz

AMC and OLTL!
That is daytime TV at it’s BEST

Susan
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Susan

ABCD’s replacement shows offer no interest for me. ABC should have stuck with soaps.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

To one Susan to another I agree with you …

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I do like Josh and Lara very much, but I love my ONE LIFE TO LIVE… all my daytime dramas. My prayer is for GENERAL HOSPITAL to own the 2 PM hour over THE TALK and syndicated fare (the NBC station here airs THE DOCTORS in the time period). ABC took a gamble and it failed. no show of that ilk will succeed, at least in the sort term. ABC’s offerings are too generic, too tame, too lowest common denominator. I’d accept a revival of PYRAMID or CARD SHARKS over CHEW, REVOL-eeeew-TION, or GAA. Maybe a 30-minute serial will come… Read more »

rose
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rose

No revivals, please!!! I also think they’d like to see GH take audience away from ‘The Talk” since it competes with “The View” which is also losing ratings.

Heather
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Heather

I hope that The Talk falls flat on its nose when GH moves at 2pm this September and that we never hear from it again. It was a huge mistake from CBS to bring it in the first place.

I didn’t watched ATWT. But I support the genre and The Talk deserve to die like ABC’s idiotic replacement shows.

Christine
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Christine

I just do not understand what kind of idiots ABC thinks we are! I mean the promos for GAA were horrible not to mention the “talent” they had in them. It is funny because what they thought would be selling points for this show were actually what made me not want to tune in even more (and believe me I already had enough reasons). And you know another thing, if according to ABC and the Nielsens, they say that we, the soap fans, do not matter, then obviously NO ONE else cares for their lousy programming either! Just look at… Read more »

Torrey
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Torrey

Exactly! I remember them saying how soap fans weren’t home during the day to keep up with their shows, so the numbers have dropped….well, it looks like no one is home to watch these horrible replacement shows. And after reading that article where one of the Execs said that there are no plans to revive AMC or OLTL, that only fuels the fire for soap fans to turn against anything that ABC chooses to air in those time slots. I can’t wait to see how big of a failure Katie Couric’s new show will be….LOL

Susan M.
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Susan M.

Soap fans are a good chunk of the nielsens ratings ….Abc wants to admitt to it o9r not….

cathy trinque
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cathy trinque

Anything they put on Daytime Network television except for soaps will fail!!!!

Susan M.
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Susan M.

CORRECT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I agree with you 100%

leigh
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leigh

This makes me so happy.

Christy
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Christy

I laughed when I read this too! yes, it’s the little things that make us soap fans happy… like little ratings for replacement shows! you know if they want a cheap show that we would like, replay old AMC, OLTL, Edge of Night, even Dark Shadows, shows from the past – heck they’ve got over 40 years of shows to use. I’d love seeing shows from way back when – even the old commercials too! Back to the times when Mrs Olson invited you in for some good ole Folgers coffee, or when Marge stuck your finger nails in Palmolive,… Read more »

toscanti
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toscanti

YAY!!!!!!!! ABC allowed Brian Frons the hack to destroy their daytime line-up. That they will pay for for a long time to come. LMAO

MK
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MK

Revolution and GAA (Plus Katie) will fail quicker then the forgotten game show that replaced SFT in 1987.

Linda
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Linda

Too bad ABCD doesn’t have the cajones to admit they made a huge mistake cancelling AMC and OLTL. If the were smart they would reinstate AMC and OLTL, keep GH @ 3pm and air the Oprah Wannabe @ 4p. ABCD created this mess so either fix it or live with it!

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I miss OLTL, but I am happy for GH. Still boycotting all ABC/D programming except GH and PLL on ABC Family.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I am so happy these replacement shows are failing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wake-up ABC & smell the roses !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They don’t know what they are doing at all………. They won’e admitt to their mistakes to do with OLTL & AMC ……OLTL’s ratings are still better than GAA will ever be……What does this tell you??????? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm ……………………………………. And better than the cancelled Revolution & The Chew which is onn the chopping block… ABC is CLUELESS IN SEATTLE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Such idiots……………..I hope all these repacement shows continue to flop ..It will be one flop after another…What they are doing isn’t working they are on… Read more »

susan M.
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susan M.

It’s Our SOAPS Or NOTHING abc…………..

Christina
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Christina

Bring on Katie. I don’t intend to be looking at those pearly whites.

susan M.
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susan M.

She is going to be canceled in no time….It’s happen before , why not again……..She will NEVER LAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

terri
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terri

It sadly shows what should still be on our beloved OLTL. People will always want fantasy and heartwarming drama OLTL you are sorely missed.

danicajolie
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danicajolie

I totally agree with you. I love the OLTL characters and especially Todd being on GH, but I still miss OLTL terribly.

susan M.
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susan M.

I agree with EVERYTHING you said about OLTL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I still miss it TOO!!! It was ONE OF A KIND (OLTL)……………………I like a heart-warming drama like OLTL was…

Robert
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Robert

Just wait for the rights to AMC and OLTL revert back to ABC, they will have no other choice to combine the two shows or pick on and put back on the air because nothing they try will work. Period!!!

Katie’s show will flop, sorry Katie you are no Oprah!

susan M.
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susan M.

I agree with you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dee
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dee

i agree with you too, Katie rating at the beginning may be high enough, just for people to see what her show is about, but just like gman and anyother other crappy talk show they try to put on, we abc fans will not support them, imo hands down only the soaps, it had to be a reason why soaps lasted sooo long, hate abc sometimes, keep loosing all the money on puttinf subpar reallity crap on grrr do they not get it, unbelievable!

BarbJ
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BarbJ

One word……HA!!!!!!

Sheryl Postin
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Sheryl Postin

Bring back OLTL, don’t you see the mistake you all made.

rose
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rose

With all of the bad press, angry fans and the drop in ratings for both ABC, because they cancelled AMC and OLTL, and NBC/Today Show for the firing of Ann Curry, ABC could make a big PR coup by bringing back at least one, if not both soaps to the afternoon. They are not getting the demos and audience numbers they wanted anyway. And since Americans and soap lovers love a great redemption, forgiveness story, this could be a perfect , save-face one. I’m not saying there can’t be some tweaks for our shows, just definitely not writers and good… Read more »

Johanna
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Johanna

from your lips to GOD’s ears

susan M.
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susan M.

If I had to choose in bringing back at least one soap, for me I would choose hands down for ONE LIFE TO LIVE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

rose
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rose

The ret of the rating’s story…”The news remained grim for week three of last-place ABC daytime entry Good Afternoon America, which dipped to 1.70 million viewers and continues to lose about one-half of the year-ago One Life to Live audience, according to the Live Plus Same Day data from Nielsen. It will be interesting to see what happens when veteran General Hospital steps into the 2 p.m. ET hour this fall. Elsewhere, The View on ABC is down but still tops; second-place The Talk on CBS was close to year-ago levels; and third-place The Chew on ABC is no All… Read more »

Heather
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Heather

Barely doing better than The Revolution. If I was Lara Spence or Josh Elliot, I’d hide away in shame. These numbers are very embarrassing and there’s nothing to be proud of.

ABC may be getting away with The Chew. But the 2pm timeslot is now a complete laughable joke. First The Revolution and now Good Afternoon America. OLTL didn’t deserve to die for all of this masquerade.

Mary Fergen
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Mary Fergen

I have mixed feelings when I read about news like this. I’m thrilled that any replacement show ABC/D tries in their daytime schedule is failing miserably, but still so sad because I miss AMC and OLTL so much! What a waste of time and effort. They should have just left our shows alone!

dee
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dee

i totally agree, abc is soooo bad now, i am so glad that everything is failing on abc , they are loosing a ton of money,what a shame lol. I miss amc with Tad,jake, david and etc, it is extremely sad what abc did!

Johanna
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Johanna

We the fans are caught in a catch 22, we want all but #OLTL to fail in the time slot but we also want #GH to suceed and stick around. Boy does ABC suck!!!

Liz
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Liz

Love Lara and Josh they are so great and fun! BUT daytime belongs to soaps. I want AMC and OLTL back but how do you bring them back in tacked. AMC without Susan Lucci I don’t think will succeed. If by a long shot it did, it would take a lot of time. Will audience hang in? I may but others? Will ABC hang in with it? How many of the cast would be willing and available to come back? Probably enough. Guess I want it to be like it was. Susan Lucci to be a loss. They need to… Read more »

david
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david

Good news, but let this be the year The Chew crashes and is canceled. Soaps or nothing in the afternoon.

susan M.
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susan M.

I agree about this is the year The Chew crashes & is canceled once and for all !!!!! Yes, SOAPS OR NOTHING IN THE AFTERNOON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Caroldee
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Caroldee

I hope someday someone SMART will figure out that OLTL was one of the best shows on daytime..cancelling that was a BIG BIG mistake.. GH..yeah I watch it all the time..it’s no OLTL but it is DAYTIME Soap and that’s what we watch.

susan M.
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susan M.

Cancel GAA asap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And any other show abc replaces our beloved soaps with……………………..

Sue
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Sue

Soaps? Really? What intelligent human being would admit to that. The filming sucks, the writing sucks, the lighting sucks, the sound quality sucks. Good resume for the crew, but other than that????

Jex
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Jex

R u kidding me??!! I watched Today with Hoda and KL at same time slot (mtn time) and I haven’t watched that since – couldn’t stand Revolution – please don’t cancel GAA !! It’s fun & refreshing !! Love it.

Jim
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Jim

I am a long time OLTL fan, but I LIKE GAA.

Keep GAA on the air and CANCEL Katie ASAP!

Now criticize me.

Johanna
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Johanna

I wish ABC/D would just admit they made a mistake and bring OLTL back. OLTL out performs the “Spew” also so that one should go away too! leaving room for both OLTL/GH then when “Katie” does not perform the way it should could slide AMC back in! Wake up PTB!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jocelyne
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Jocelyne

Night time soaps are coming back such as Dallas….bring back at least one daytime soap!

judy
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judy

I say take all the soaps off. None of them have anything to do with real life. Tired of all the same old story lines. I think the soap watchers need to get a real life…I was once a soaper myself, but you do get tired of who is sleeping with who, who killed who , who has forgotten who they are, who is having who s baby , over and over and over again.. Time to move on people…..

Lisa
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Lisa

Besides oltl….what is going on with the news….what they are doing is more like reading a tabloid at the grocery store line. They brought George on and ruined his reputation for telling the news….no wonder they lost Sam Champion… And replaced him with a mouse dressed like she’s going on a hot date everyday. They might be able to save Josh if they get rid of ( always joking) Laura….thank goodness Robin is there or we would be watching entertainment tonight. Shame on you Sinclair broadcasting… Its supposed to be the news after all. P.S. never watching again.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Nina Helps Sonny After Realizing He is Off His Meds

Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, will no doubt lead to Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Nina (Cynthia Watros) becoming closer, because she was witness, went through, and helped the mobster get help while he was having a manic episode after being off his meds for bipolar disorder.

A disheveled Sonny was outside insulating the kids’ treehouse, didn’t sleep all night, is not eating, and tells Nina – who stayed the night at the Corinthos’ home on the couch – that he feels great.  Then, he tells Nina to stop telling him what to do and to stay out of his way.

Nina panics and calls Britt (Kelly Thiebaud) at the hospital worried that Sonny is off his meds, and she needs medical advice on what to do about it.  Britt tells Nina it’s important to get Sonny to a doctor and not argue with him, but to get him to acknowledge he is having a manic episode.

After the call, Nina asks Sonny not to leave and to explain bipolar disorder to her. He replies it’s like a nightmare but that’s not what’s happening now. Then, he grabs her wrists hard as she stands at the door, as he wants to leave, and Nina tells him, she is hurting her.  Sonny has a moment of realization and insists he does not hurt women. Sonny asks Nina if she is now afraid of him?  She tells him she isn’t. All of a sudden, Sonny feels exhausted.  He sits with Nina and starts to cry and admits he has been off his meds.  She gets him to agree that he needs to see Dr. Sullivan and get a refill.

Sonny and Nina arrive at GH, and Britt shows them to an examining room. Nina wants to make sure he’s OK, before she exits, but Sonny wants to make sure he did not injure her wrists. Nina says she is OK, but you could tell she is emotional from the entire encounter she went through with Sonny.

Maurice Benard took to Twitter within the last 24 hours stating about the storyline which is throwing Sonny’s love life in turmoil and working opposite both Laura Wright (Carly) and Cynthia Watros: “I go where ever it is best for the show and fortunately right now this story is doing well, even better than well, now you may not want to hear that. You already know I love Laura and Cynthia. I keep saying this is between history and change, I think after 20 years change is good.”

So, what did you think of the scenes between Nina and Sonny? Do you agree with us that Nina seeing Sonny having a manic episode will draw them closer together? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Helena, Jennifer Smith & The Ice Princess: What Did You Think of Luke Spencer’s Memorial?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital brought the highly-anticipated story around the apparent death of Port Charles iconic, Luke Spencer (Tony Geary), although many fans, and even some of the cast of the show, are not sold that Luke is “dead” dead.

During the show, characters spoke of some of the history of Luke in Port Charles, most especially Luke’s sister, Bobbie played by Jackie Zeman.  Throughout the years, Zeman is at her best when she is given material through the writing of the show to connect to the history of Luke and Bobbie.  She did so when Bobbie was remembering how Luke came to Port Charles to help her break up Scotty and Laura, in a discussion with her daughter, Carly (Laura Wright).

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As everyone is gathering at the Haunted Star to pay their respects to Luke, Curtis (Donnell Turner) arrives to support Laura (Genie Francis), Felicia (Kristina Wagner) and Anna (Finola Hughes) arrive together, Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Ava (Maura West), as well as Spencer (Nicholas Alexander Chavez  also show up. It is through Nikolas’ conversation with Laura that we learn why Luke’s sons, Ethan and Lucky, can’t make the funeral and, of course, we know why Luke’s daughter Lulu can’t make it because she is in a coma!

Victor (Charles Shaughnessy) shows up and snipes at everyone and then leaves.  Tracy (Jane Elliot), who has arranged the memorial, is with an urn supposedly filled with Luke’s ashes and Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) finds her on the deck of the Haunted Star and talks her into giving her planned eulogy.

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Meanwhile, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) finds his dad, Sonny (Maurice Benard) drinking at Charlie’s, and later Scott (Kin Shriner) and Robert (Tristan Rogers) stop in and heated words are exchanged between Sonny and Scott. Victor shows up and instead of Scott and Sonny pummeling each other, they get into a fight against Victor.

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As Scott and Robert are about to be on their way to the Haunted Star, Scott stays behind because of his past with Luke.  Then, Sonny tried to patch things up with Carly before they head to the memorial.

Back on the yacht, Anna and Felicia find a note and a flash drive, after hearing a commotion on the yacht.  When the note says “play me”, none other than Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers) addresses Luke’s friends and family from apparently the great beyond.  As Helena spews her venom against Luke, Laura has enough and pulls the plug on Helena’s video speech.  Tracy looks concerned, like she may want to hear whatever else Helena had to say.

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Next, Tracy does her best in short order to eulogize Luke.  That is juxtaposed with Scott trashing Luke.  Later, by herself on the deck, Tracy spreads Luke’s ashes over the waters of Port Charles. Back on the pier, Scott relishes Luke being gone, and that he is still standing saying, “You lose you son of a bitch!” Just then Luke’s ashes blow in into his face.  When Bobbie arrives, and see Scott full of ashes, she asks what happened.  Scott says, “I caught the bouquet,” an obvious nod to the Luke and Laura wedding of the past, where Scott returned at their wedding and caught the wedding bouquet.

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Back on the Haunted Star, Tracy then has a gift in hand for Laura, but she tells Tracy if that’s the Ice Princess she does not want anything to do with it, and tells Tracy to keep it.  Spencer sees this go down and his interest on the diamond is instantly piqued.

Back at Charlie’s bar, Victor has an ominous toast to Luke saying, “The good people of your fair city are in for a big surprise!”

At the Haunted Star, dressed in black with black veil, Jennifer Smith reveals herself to a shocked Laura.

So, what did you think of Luke’s memorial episode? Favorite parts of it? Least favorite? Share your thoughts in the comment section. But first, check out Helena’s videotaped speech and Tracy’s eulogy to Luke below.

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(WATCH) GH’s Genie Francis Shares: “I Just Have a Hard Time Believing, In My Heart, That The Great Luke Spencer Died in an Accident”

Today’s Friday episode of General Hospital, is set to feature the funeral of the iconic Luke Spencer (Tony Geary).

While family and friends will gather on the Haunted Star to memorialize him, what been teased by the ABC daytime drama is it will also set a whole storyline in motion.

ABC7 entertainment guru, George Pennacchio, spoke to several of the GH cast, who are involved in the episode including: Luke Spencer’s long-time love, Laura played by Genie Francis.

Francis exclaimed on the whole story: “I just have a hard time believing, in my heart, that the great Luke Spencer died in an accident.  No one stays dead on a soap. I don’t know how many times I’ve been dead. Really!”

Genie added: “I feel like they’re setting the stage, really, for a wonderful comeback and I’m going to keep my fingers crossed for that.”

Luke’s longtime friend played by Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) shared: “And has it actually happened? I mean, frankly, we have a little urn about this big that’s supposed to contain him and that’s it.”

And Luke’s sister, Bobbie, played by Jackie Zeman, also weighed-in if Luke is really a-goner: “Sometimes you get these little red herrings so, as you know, George, you know, you never really know.”

Watch Pennacchio chat with the GH stars below.

Now weigh-in, do you believe Luke is very much alive and well? Held captive, or “dead” dead? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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