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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ To Address Coronavirus Pandemic In Upcoming Season; Should ‘General Hospital’ As Well?

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The first television show to announce that the COVID-19 will be part of their upcoming stories is now ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy.   The medical primetime TV drama which centers on the lives of the doctors, nurses, and patients who work and are taken care of at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital is heading into its 17th season when it resumes production.

‘Grey”s EP Krista Vernoff revealed the plan during a “Quaranstrraming: Comfort TV That Keeps Us Going” panel hosted by the TV Academy, that will be able to be streamed in its full version today at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on Emmys.com.

According to EW.com, Vernoff shared: “We’re going to address this pandemic for sure.  There’s no way to be a long-running medical show and not do the medical story of our lifetimes.said that the show’s writers are meeting with real-life doctors, who have shared their stories about dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Now, so far we have heard that none of the daytime soaps, B&B, Y&R and DAYS (which has already taped episodes till October) have plans to incorporate the pandemic into their storylines, due to the nature of soaps and the escapism it provides its audience.  Viewers have been turning the TV channels and hearing about the COVID-19 pandemic 24 hours a day, in these unprecedented times

But it does beg the question, will ABC’s General Hospital, which at its core is a show centered around a hospital as its backdrop, write-in the COVID-19 pandemic into their storylines, or address it in some way without it overtaking its planned storylines? Perhaps, how it affects the citizens of Port Charles…  or the front line nurses or doctors?  Michael Easton’s character of Finn, is an infectious disease specialist, for instance, so they could utilize the character in this way.   Since all TV shows are now at the mercy …. and the importance of safety protocols which will make shooting and editing the series somewhat different, would writing COVID-19 somehow in to scripts help with the look and feel of scenes?  We know B&B is taking on a more seamless approach and work-arounds to still deliver to the audience “love in the afternoon’.

‘Grey’s ‘Vernoff also shared how their series writers get some of their inspiration for the stories they tell:  “Every year, we have doctors come and tell us their stories, and usually they’re telling their funniest or craziest stories. This year, it has felt more like therapy.  The doctors come in and we’re the first people they’re talking to about these types of experiences they’re having. They are literally shaking and trying not to cry, they’re pale, and they’re talking about it as war — a war that they were not trained for. And that’s been one of our big conversations about Owen, is that he’s actually trained for this in a way that most of the other doctors aren’t.  I feel like our show has an opportunity and a responsibility to tell some of those stories.”

So, what do you think? Would you like to see GH address COVID-19 especially for the hospital front line nurses like Elizabeth, Epiphany and doctors like Finn? Or do you want the subject matter far away from your soap viewing, since you are getting so much of it in your daily lives? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Tim
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Tim

I don’t think GH should incorporate COVID into the story line. It’s too much to experience this in real life and on GH every day. I’m all for timely and relevant stories but soaps also provide an escape from our every day lives. I hope they wait to come back when it’s safe and take us on some fantastic adventures, per usual.

Ruth
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Ruth

I don’t think General Hosp should write the Covid into their story line we get enough of that everyday we need a break from It

Phil
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Phil

GH hasn’t been about the hospital in a long time! This would be a perfect opportunity to bring it back to the forefront!

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

Ummm . . . it’s not as though General Hospital has a whole lot to do with the hospital anymore anyway. No, there’s no need to address Covid. (Now, if Covid is having particular effects on The Mob in the United States, yes, by all means, GH should definitely incorporate that into the storyline.)

Satan
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Satan

Sure…. incorporate the pandemic. And use it to kill off Ava, Frodd, and Whiny Heiny!!

Su000
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Su000

NO–GH should not do covid19 and- I have had 24/7 of covid19, on news, online, in newspapers, everywhere there is media there is Covid19.. since March 24/7 ..And-watching Millionaires/Billionaires dealing with covid19, is beyond ridiculous.. ——— They aren’t prying standing in the unemployment lines or waiting for a stimulus check or fighting to keep their business from failure being evicted because can’t pay rent they aren’t in food line to feed the family and they wouldn’t be protesting and in-kind._______ _____there are a 100 things Billionaires are not struggling with during this time.. It would be about financially secure Billionaires not the… Read more »

Antonio Torres
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Antonio Torres

No to COVID. GH doesn’t know how to do simple Soap 101: romance domestic drama, etc., how can we expect them to handle COVID? Maybe Helena Cassidine started it? Hell, no!

Elaine
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Elaine

I do think they should address it. GH historically has addressed timely topics…it doesn’t have to be a huge storyline -ie Finn could be assisting teams around the world via zoom calls… nurses wearing masks…

Robert
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Robert

I think they should incorpate Covid-19 into the storylines it might actually bring GH back to what it was before the mob took over!!!

Patrick
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Patrick

GIVE !!! Chad Duell – an – EMMY … (2) for “his” DEATH scenes

aria
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aria

I’ve gone back and forth on this and finally concluded that GH should totally should tell the story of Covid 19, and here’s why. Yes, Covid 19 and 2020 have been really bad for a lot of people around the world, its devastated our country and its still ongoing and uncertain, most of us are worried about the economy, loosing jobs, our lives and we are underseige, its been really really bad but it has also brought out the best in people, in so many ways and so I feel that GH can do this if they balance it out,… Read more »

aria
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aria

Laura is he Mayor, lol, not the major. and also finally a storyline where Jason doesn’t get to save the town and be the “hero”. that alone is a major plus.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

As stated by others, GH long ago drifted from their hospital focus to the mob — and never looked back. This, in my opinion, has been to the detriment of this once-great serial. So there is no need to do some half-ass storyline on Covid-19, as it would do the issue neither justice nor justification. But here’s my larger point: while watching these shows, escapist fare though they might be, we always have the sense that everything will eventually work out: the heroine will be rescued from the well, the evil twin will be uncovered, the murderer will pay for… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

^^^ “…So there is no need to do some half-ass storyline”

– IF – the “whole” WORLD , IS; In This

why aren’t we agreeing ?

disparity is THAT Bad?

I kid you , I kin you , I rare you, AGREE on something… “move on”

“Lord, World ON”

not leaking it; steady hold on ; where AND when does this take

my eyes are yours my friend , hold, hug

Patrick
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Patrick

friend

5 months IN; does this

smiling, warmth

Patrick
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Patrick

^^^ ” compounded by;…”

THE Truth !

I will drink my glass of wine.. have my spirit as I usually

I leak it here; talk to my favorite cousin in home town

Leave

Patrick
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Patrick

^^^ “…when life itself has been taken”

Beautiful

Why do we stare at an open fire

because I can fight for my child, and

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Patrick, thank you for your replies. Hugs to you. Stay safe, Friend.

Debbie
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Debbie

I don’t think they should we hear enough of it in real life 24/7! Watching soaps is an escape from everything in the real world

Ruth Ellen B
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Ruth Ellen B

I don’t’ think they should incorporate coviod into the storyline. We need a break from real life

Rodd
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Rodd

I truely hope GH does NOT incorporate COVID-19 into their story lines. I am SOOOO sick and tired of hearing nothing but news about COVID-19. I watch TV as an escape. My mind needs something more than all this real life nightmare. I read to escape and to learn. That is also why I watch TV. But enough is enough. Also, any story related to this will seem insulting. Once people start complaining about a direction the writers want to take the story, a million people (of TIIC) will start tinkering in it and it will all become an embarrassment.… Read more »

andrew
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andrew

I don’t think that they should do covid, specifically, but perhaps a made up virus so that the show can address a little bit of what has happened in a contained four week storyline… … but a ‘soap virus’ where there is a miracle vaccine just in time. then actors can do a PSA about covid and/or the Nurses Ball can raise money for unemployed actors. But a covid specific story? no thank you.

Rhonda Sullivan
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Rhonda Sullivan

No! I work retail! I have had enough! I don’t care if the show is around a hospital. It’s about characters lives that I love watching.

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Lynn Herring Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Her General Hospital Debut; and ‘We Love Lucy’

Today, April 11th marks the 35th anniversary of the debut of Lynn Herring on General Hospital as Lucy Coe.  And wow, when you look at the road this character has gone on played to the hilt by Herring, it has been one entertaining ride for GH fans along the way.

Lucy started out as a mousy librarian, if you can believe that! And of course, she eventually showed all that she was a bombshell.  She then became quite the schemer and seductress.

Along the way, Lucy was married to Alan Quartermaine (the late Stuart Damon), was involved with Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom) and other men in Port Charles.

 

At one point, Herring took the character of Lucy to the now defunct Port Charles where she stayed from 1997-2003,

But this one time gold-digger eventually became the champion of the GH Nurses’ Ball and helped raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS research. Now, year after year, the one thing you can always look forward to is Herring’s hilarious antics and sincerity in her star turn as the emcee of the annual fundraising event.

On Sunday, the GH tweeted posted: “Lucy Coe knows everything about everyone in Port Charles and we would be lost without her. Please help us congratulate TheLynnHerring on the 35th Anniversary of her #GH debut”. 

Lynn responded sharing: “Thank you! Have loved every @GeneralHospital  moment!”

Share your congratulations to Lynn via the comment section below, and let us know your favorite Lucy moment too!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a Fighter, and an Idealist, and an Advocate”; Nancy Lee Grahn Gives Masterful Performance In Special Episode

When you combine superb direction, writing, production, and acting in a special episode of a daytime drama, viewers can see and understand the thought and care that went into it.

This was more than on display during Thursday’s highly-anticipated ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode honoring the 25th anniversary of Alexis’ portrayer, two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Nancy Lee Grahn, on General Hospital.

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In the story, symbolism was apparent and used for dramatic impact and it worked beautifully throughout, and best of all, Nancy received a script worthy of her immeasurable talents, and showed us once again why she remains one of the gold standards of our genre.  If you have not seen the episode DO NOT read any further as it contains spoilers.

It begins with an emotional Alexis looking at her mother’s watch which was still frozen from the time of her death.  While playing one of her mother’s records very loudly, she recalls Mikkos Cassadine kissing and dancing with her mom as a young Alexis (Natasha) looked on from the staircase.  When Sam asks her about it, Alexis shares that she sees the watch as sort of a representation for her own life being frozen over the last three years; which has included Alexis’ battle with booze taking over her life and her being disbarred, when being a lawyer was the way she identified herself and what gave her purpose.

Overwhelmed and anxiety-ridden, Alexis hightails it to Kevin’s office for a therapy session knowing she is going to Pentonville in the morning to serve her sentence.  She says she does not know who she is anymore.  Then, Kevin asks her how she spent her day thus far.  She flashes back to lunch with the good men in her life, Finn, Valentin, Jax and Ned.  Valentin tells Alexis she is proud of her for honing up to her mistakes.

Back at the therapy session, Alexis she was an attorney who stood for something and her life has derailed, and that she was a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate.  She knows she has to find a purpose in prison to make it through the three-year term and asks Kevin to help her find one.

Kevin wants to go back to when she was a little girl and her memories that are flooding back to her of Mikkos and her mother.  Just then, the younger version of Alexis is huddled in the corner of Kevin’s office, an image of her from the past.  Alexis tries to come to terms with her father and the choice of dangerous men and relationships that have marred her own happiness  … recalling Julian holding a knife to her throat like Mikkos did to her mother. She says he was one of the toxic men in her life, but Kevin reminds her all of the men in her life were not toxic.

Alexis starts with Ned as one who was good for her saying he was always stable, but she ruined that by recently sleeping with him and putting a wedge in his marriage to her long-time friend, Olivia.

We then flashback to earlier in the day, where Alexis ends up in an almost confrontation with Olivia.  However, Olivia tells her she misses the Alexis Davis she used to be and to get her back.

Now back with Kevin, a guilt-ridden Alexis relays she feels responsible for Neil’s death.  Kevin interjects she is not, nor what happened with Julian.  When Kevin attempts to bring up Mikkos again, Alexis rejects it and is angry that he is making her problem about daddy issues; like so many other women.  She vehemently shouts that the men in her life do not define who she is.

Then, Alexis flashes back to hurtful memories she has buried of a young Natasha witnessing Mikkos calling her mother a “greedy little bitch”.  She recalls it was on Christmas Eve and that Mikkos stopped by to give them gifts. That is when he presented her mother with the watch.  However, things took an ugly turn when he tried to leave, and she threatened to tell Helena all about her and Natasha. Next, Mikkos slapped her and that is when the watch shattered. As all this was going down, a young Natasha watched from the stairs and was horrified that she couldn’t stop her father from beating her mother and remembers how helpless she felt.

However, Alexis reveals to Kevin she thought this would be the last of Mikkos coming by, but he returned on New Year’s Eve and her mother took him back into their lives.  Alexis is beside herself that she could not protect her mother, but Kevin reassures her to remember she was just a child.

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It is then we come to the crux of the story.  Alexis looks over in the corner and sees her younger self crying. She goes to her younger self and tells her nothing that happened was her fault, and that their father was damaged and cruel. She tells the young Natasha this shouldn’t have been her burden to carry alone, and that she deserves to be happy. Then in the moment of strength and coming full circle, Alexis introduces herself to the young Natasha, “I’m Alexis Davis, a fighter, an advocate, and an idealist … and I will take care of everything from her on out.”  In that moment, Alexis embraced herself, and forgave herself, so she could move on with her life.

Alexis then flashes back to earlier that night, as the Davis girls gather for a faux graduation ceremony so Alexis could see Molly in her cap and gown and they hug. Back in her session, Kevin remarks that Alexis has repeatedly defined herself as a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate, and reminds her she has three daughters who have those qualities, and that all she needs to be is Alexis Davis.

Then, we get a heart-warming montage of Alexis though the years in honor of Nancy’s 25th anniversary with GH.

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As the episode concludes, it is the next morning, and Alexis enters Pentonville and enters her jail cell. There she meets her fellow inmate, who is studying law books to prep for her upcoming parole hearing. Alexis introduces herself as “Alexis Davis” and as someone who can help her.  We then go back to her mother’s watch which now begins ticking at Alexis’ home.  The show fades to black.

Kudos to Daytime Emmy winner, Phideaux Xavier for his outstanding direction, head writers: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor and script writer, Scott Sickles for the thoughtful episode, EP Frank Valentini and his production crew for putting it all together, and the one and only Nancy Lee Grahn for a performance that will be remembered as a classic.

Share your thoughts on today’s on Nancy’s ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode via the comment section below.

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GH’s Kin Shriner Talks on Franco’s Demise, Scott’s Budding Romance with Obrecht, and His Enduring On-Screen Partnership with Genie Francis

One of the most beloved actors in the history of General Hospital, Kin Shriner, currently finds his alter-ego, Scott Baldwin, in a new budding on-screen romance with none other than Liesl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati).

This comes on the heels of Scott learning the devastating news that his son, Franco Baldwin was shot and killed, thus writing-off the ABC daytime drama series, for now, popular actor, Roger Howarth.

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Throughout his now almost 44-year-run on the ABC daytime drama series, Kin Shriner has brought his unique acting chops that helped mold the character of legal eagle Scott Baldwin into the humorous, at times cutthroat, endearing and many times heartbreaking character we have all come to love.’

 

In a brand new exclusive virtual sit-down interview with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s The Michael Fairman Channel, Shriner opens up about his history with GH and the times he stepped away to take on roles on Texas and As the World Turns, and then back again to the town of Port Charles and GH.

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As well, Kin reveals his reaction to learning the news that Roger Howarth would be exiting the show as his TV son and how he shot the key emotional scene where Laura (Genie Francis) tells Scott that Franco had died.  Shriner shares that he does not see how when Howarth returns to the show in as a yet-to-be-revealed character, that it would be a stretch if the two were some how related, but that he will miss working with the talented Howarth as a scene-partner.

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As to the women in Scott’s life, Kin addresses each of them from: Lucy (Lynn Herring), Bobbie (Jackie Zeman), Dominque (Shell Danielson), Laura (Francis), Ava (Maura West) – to which the character could never get that close to – and now Liesl (Gati), and working opposite all the powerhouse actresses who portray them.

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For fans of General Hospital who have watched the series for decades, Kin also shares memories of working with his late TV parents, Peter Hansen (Lee), Susan Brown (Gail) and his friend and former GH castmate John Reilly (Sean), plus backstage stories with his longtime scene partner, Genie Francis.

Watch the entire conversation with Kin below.

Now let us know, are you all for the Scott and Liesl romance? Will you miss scenes between Scott and Franco?  Would you ever want to see Scott and Laura reunite romantically? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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