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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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GH’s Avery Pohl on Esme’s Return: “She’s Using Her Time Wisely and Waiting For The Right Moment to Strike”

Next week, Esme Prince (Avery Pohl) is back lurking around Port Charles.  When viewers last saw Esme, she went over the parapet at Wyndemere during a showdown with Ava (Maura West).

For months, GH fans have been eagerly awaiting to see just how and when Esme would return to get revenge, or find out what she is after.  From the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, it looks like the wait is over.

In dishing with SOD on her on-screen return, Pohl shared that Esme is, “essentially on the run.”  However, she adds, “Esme is aware of the circumstances she’s put herself in.  She is aware that people are going to to be after her.  She’s not dumb.”

Just what’s in store for Nikolas (Marcus Coloma), Ava, Trina (Tabyana Ali), Spencer (Nicholas Alexander Chavez) and Ryan (Jon Lindstrom) now that Esme is back?

As Esme’s plan begins to reveal itself, Pohl shares: “Before she goes right back into the thick of it, she scopes things out.  She’s using her time wisely and waiting for the right moment to strike.”

So, are you glad that finally Avery Pohl is back on GH as Esme? What do you hope happens next? Who do you think is Esme’s biological mother? Do you want her to get her comeuppance from the Cassadine clan and Trina? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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GH’s Nancy Lee Grahn Shares Excerpt From Her Upcoming Memoir

In celebration of beginning her 27th year as Alexis Davis on General Hospital, two-time Daytime Emmy-winner, Nancy Lee Grahn, decided to mark the occasion by revealing to her longtime fans an excerpt from her upcoming memoir due out in 2023.

Taking to her official Facebook page, Nancy shared the excerpt starting with contained some of the back-history of her soap opera alter-ego : “I play the role of Alexis Davis. I am a public defender, prosecutor, personnel injury, civil, malpractice, tax and family attorney. I am the bastard child of Mikos Cassadine who died after being thrown into his own weather machine which he designed to freeze the world. My mother, Kristen Bergman was a famous opera singer whose throat was slit by my father’s wife, Helena. Unhappy with the turn of events, I hurled my frail 75 year old stepmother off a five hundred foot parapet slamming her onto jagged rock only for her to walk away unscathed. Even more determined, I shoved her off a thousand foot cliff into the frigid subzero ocean. Helena not only survived unscathed, she apparently scaled 1000 feet up the cliff and continued to wreak havoc on Port Charles.”

Nancy closed the excerpt with some special acknowledgements: “Always so grateful to have an ongoing contract, my own parking space and people I’ve never met who come up to me regularly and tell me how much younger I look in person. It’s a gift that I have been able to and still get to do what I love to do for such a gloriously long time. I love my job the most because it is the job that gave me the security I needed to greenlight Kate as a single mother, raise her while being able to give her the things I dreamed of giving her, put her through school all the way through college, and will hopefully allow me to spoil my grandchildren. The enormous love & gratitude I have for ABC and Disney for allowing me the privilege of working for them is immeasurable. But the real truth is without the support from all of you, this day would not be what it is. As always, I see you and thank you.”

Make sure to read the entire excerpt.  Now let us know, are you looking forward to what Nancy will share in her upcoming memoir? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Diane Poised to Be Attacked by the ‘Hook’; Elizabeth Knew Finn’s Late Wife, Reiko?

On Friday’s cliffhanger of General Hospital, Diane Miller (Carolyn Hennesy) looks to be the next victim of the mysterious ‘hook’.  We won’t know till Monday how it plays out, but things are not looking good for the legal eagle in a preview for the airshow.

In story, Diane dropped by the garage that Brando worked at, looking for Sasha (Sofia Mattson).  At first, she bumps into Sonny (Maurice Benard) who is not pleased with Diane for trying to take him down on the witness stand during Nina’s hearing.  She shares she was helping her clients Michael and Willow as best she could.  Sonny says it was personal for him and he can’t forget what happened.

Next, Diane tells Sasha that she’s serving as her interim lawyer since Martin is unavailable and is there to discuss her guardianship. Sasha is scared that she’ll wind up behind bars now that Brando is gone.  Diane assures Sasha she will file a continuance to keep the process going to keep her out of jail. Diane asks where the guardianship papers may be, and Sasha tells her to check Brando’s office.

Dex (Evan Hofer), who is looking suspicious (but it has to be a red-herring, right?) is going to take Sasha home per Sonny’s orders, but Sonny also tells Dex to lock up when Diane is finished with her business.

Later, Diane in the dark, goes to Brando’s office to find the guardianship papers. Next, a figure appears in the doorway with the hook.  This time the ‘Hook’ looks to be of smaller stature leading many on social media that the person behind the violence could be Esme.

In other developments, Elizabeth Webber’s (Rebecca Herbst) convoluted storyline, just got even more convoluted.  Liz looks at the photo she’s drawn and suddenly has a flashback revealing the woman’s face at the bottom of the stairwell.  She then tells Finn (Michael Easton) that after her recent session with Kevin, she recalls seeing the woman’s face. Conveniently, Finn was just talking about his late wife, Reiko with Gregory (Gregory Harrison).  So, when Liz talks to Finn, she sees a woman’s face on Finn’s phone.

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Finn explains that the picture is of his late wife, Reiko.  He tells Liz he is working on a case that reminded him of Reiko, and he mentions being in the Mariana Islands with her. That makes Liz frantic and she decides to leave. Next, she heads home, where she locates a photo of her and her sister, Sarah. The photo is titled, “Elizabeth and Sarah, Mariana Islands, 1997.”

So, do you think Diane will perish or survive the attack by the ‘Hook’? Who is the ‘Hook”? What on earth is going on with Liz’s storyline? Share your thoughts and theories in the comment section below.  But first, vote in our latest ‘Michael’s Poll’ below by voting on which character is the culprit behind all of the bloodshed?

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