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Happy 57th Anniversary Today to General Hospital

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ABC’s daytime drama, General Hospital turns 57 today, and remains the current longest-running soap opera on the air.  GH debuted back on April 1, 1963.

The show was created by the husband-and-wife team of Frank and Doris Hursley.  Originally, the soap was not given a name of a particular town in which the drama of the hospital was set in.  However, that all changed in the 1970’s when GH was set in Port Charles.

GH expanded from a 30-minute show to a 45-minute show on July 26, 1976 and eventually went to a full-hour where it has remained back on January 16, 1978.

Throughout its decades on the air, GH was the impetus for two spin-offs; Port Charles, (which aired from 1997-2003) and primetime’s GH: Night Shift (2007-2008),

The show went through many ups and downs over its history, but things changed dramatically for the better, when by the end of the 1970’s and facing cancellation, ABC brought in executive producer, Gloria Monty to steer the ship.  Monty created supercouple Luke and Laura played by Tony Geary and Genie Francis, and opened the show up with exciting location shoots, and from then on GH has remained a firm mainstay in the daytime line-up.

Today, Frank Valentini is the series executive producer, and the soap is co-written by the head writing team of Dan O’Connor and Chris Van Etten.

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As 80%, as of now, in the US are reported to be homebound due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in the latest ratings for the week of March 23, 2020, GH drew 2.57 million viewers,- its strongest week since March 19, 2018.  So, more eyeballs are tuning-in to the drama in Port Charles.

Share your congratulations and well-wishes to the cast, crew, and creatives at General Hospital for 57 years of drama, romance and intrigue via the comment section below.

But first, vote in our poll for your favorite storyline or moment of all-time on GH.  If your favorite is not one of the choices listed in the poll, let us know in the comment section which is your favorite, or if you voted for one of the selections, let us know why, too! 

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Congrats

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I definitely remember April 1, 1963. I have no idea why I wasn’t in school that day. Lucky for me I wasn’t. I watched Head Nurse Jessie Brewer, chief of medicine Dr. Steve Hardy, Nurse Lucille March, and Jessie’s philandering intern husband Dr. Phil Brewer and was instantly hooked. I continued watching until 2005 and have decades of memories of the romance, drama, and adventure of GH.

Congratulations to the entire cast and crew on your 57th anniversary. I wish you many, many more.

aria
aria

happy bday GH, I’m so glad your still around, best cast in daytime or primetime, you guys have made me happy for so many years, thankyou for that.

Jimh
Jimh

Where is Robert, Scotty and Bobbi…57 years…a group photo…even those in the photo plus the others i mention-not barely any story or rarely seen except for Laura and Monica..Bobbi and Monica who could loose her job for shredding that paper-dumb move…Nelle could win…but they wont get caught…all these iconic stars deserve better…sad…not worth celebrating except for surviving the soap purge….on the plus side NO SONNY AND CARLY-but they do get the most screen time,especially Carly who is written into all the stories one way or another!!!

music lover 703
music lover 703

In past years GH has done stand-alone special episodes on April 1st, such as last year’s scavenger hunt at the hospital in memory of Gail Baldwin. A couple of years ago it was an episode featuring all three actresses who’ve portrayed Carly. I presumed this year’s special episode was going to be all about the moss bowl in Sonny & Carly’s kitchen, but that opportunity has now sadly been missed.

Dan
Dan

Congrats GH! 57 years is an amazing milestone. Here’s to many more years on the air!

I’ve been watching for 25 of those years, started in 1995. I was in high school at the time, home sick from school, I happened to be flipping through the channels, there was a shooting going on, it was when Joe Scully organized the hit that struck Luke and Laura’s house, Luke’s club and Sonny’s apartment simultaneously. I remember the shower being shot up as Brenda was inside, glass flying everywhere in slow motion. That drew me in.

Later that week, Stone revealed to Robin that he was HIV positive, Laura threw Luke out of the house, and Genie Francis broke down and cried hysterically like nothing I had ever seen before, which moved me down deep in my soul. Here I was a teenager crying for these characters I didn’t even know. I was hooked. The rest as they say, is history, lol. Haven’t missed an episode since.

Jimmy
Jimmy

I’ve only been watching the show since Frank and Ron C. took over in 2012, but I recognize the value of veteran characters and wish GH utilized them more. My dream is to see a story in which the 5 actors pictured above as well as Anna, Robert, Bobbie and Scott are all major players. And maybe characters from the past can come back like Tracy did around the holidays. It would be amazing to see Luke, Frisco and Holly again back in action.

Utah
Utah

Happy anniversary!! When I think of General Hospital, I think of what drew me in…. it was 1985 and I was 6 yrs old, and the opening theme with the ambulance going into the entrance gate of General Hospital caught my attention, and from that day on I’ve checked into the hospital everyday!!! As Lois would say, “ happy 57th anniversary, general hospital!!! Lol

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GH’s Steve Burton and Maurice Benard Deliver “The Power Performance of the Week”

Last week, as General Hospital aired the final episodes they had in the can, prior to the coronavirus TV production shutdown, viewers of the series were left with a one-two punch of gut-wrenching performances from Daytime Emmy winners, Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny)

Burton, also received great news last week, when he found out he was again Emmy-nominated in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category, while Benard, told fans he did not submit himself in the competition this year, when they were wondering where his name was in the list of the finalists in the category.  However, Maurice won last year for the second time in his career, for Outstanding Lead Actor.

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Now on last Tuesday and Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, Jason was trying his best to break it to Sonny that Sonny’s dad, Mike (Max Gail) is not going to get any better as he continues to decline from Alzheimer’s disease, and that Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.  Sonny is devastated sitting with Mike watching him being completely unresponsive.  He tell Mike he will be back to see him tomorrow, as he leaves Mike reaches out his hand slowly.

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Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) has just told Jason that she believes the signs are all there that Mike is on his final decline and battle with Alzheimers. Mike is unresponsive, not eating. and slipping away quickly. She believes he wants to let go, but is holding on for Sonny’s sake, something that tears through Jason.  Knowing Jason was told something by Elizabeth, Sonny asks what it is.  That is when Jason tells Sonny he thinks Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.

An overcome Sonny tells Jason that he worries that Mike might still want to fight, but for what? He is a shell of himself and has no memories.  It is then that Burton as Jason, in a touching performance, tells Sonny what he’d want if he were in Mike’s place. Jason reflect that he wouldn’t want machines keeping him alive or his kids having to go through what Sonny is having to deal with right now   Jason goes on to say that even when Sonny put walls up between himself and Mike through the years, that Mike never stopped trying to break them down.

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Once Jason leaves, with tears running down his cheeks, Sonny sits with Mike trying to come to terms with what he must do now.  Will Sonny let Mike die and spare his father any further misery … or will he try to prolong whatever time Mike has left?

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These scenes for anyone who has endured or lived through losing a loved one battling through Alzheimer’s and having to make a life and death decision, and the emotional turmoil and sadness it causes a family, could feel the pain and heartbreak played  by Burton and Benard. That is why Michael Fairman TV gives Steve and Maurice the honors of The Power Performance of the Week.

Watch a few scenes from part of Steve and Maurice’s ‘Power Performance’ below

Then let us know, what did you think of Steve and Maurice’s performances in the Alzheimer’s storyline? Comment below.

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‘Studio City’s’ Sean Kanan to Host Indie Series Awards Virtual Ceremony

Coming up, another award show will transition during the coronavirus pandemic to a virtual presentation when the 11th Annual Indie Series Awards reveals its winners in a ceremony w=on Thursday, June 18, starting at 9:00 p. m. EST.

This year, the host with the most will be Sean Kanan, known for his roles on General Hospital (Ex-AJ) and The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless (Ex-Deacon), and this year for his Daytime Emmy-nominated work from his digital series, Studio City,

“I am honored and excited to be a part of the digital community and ISA family,” added Kanan. “This is the future of entertainment.”

Since 2oo9, the ISAs have honored some of the best of independent web series.

Tickets are said to be going on sale, so you can watch the virtual ceremony beginning at home starting on June 1st.

For more on the Indie Series Awards visit their site here.

So, will you be checking out Sean and the Indie Series Awards next month? Comment below.

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TODAY: General Hospital Rebroadcasts Masterful 52nd Anniversary Episode

Fans are in for a treat today (Friday, May 22nd) when ABC’s General Hospital airs an encore presentation of one of the finest hours of soap opera in the history of the genre, with its 52nd anniversary episode from April 1, 2015.

In the episode, viewers finally learned what turned Luke (Tony Geary) into Fluke, which has been the on-going story for months; but it all lead up to the shocking reveal, when Luke revisited his past in his broken down childhood home and the demons that haunted him.

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The episode goes from black and white to color, as Geary plays two roles: Luke and his abusive father, Tim, in one of the greatest performances of his career.

It is there we finally see Luke’s mother, Lena, played to perfection by Laura Wright (Carly).  And, it is in these scenes we meet for the first time Chloe Lanier as a young Patricia Spencer, who was so good, she was later cast as Nelle.  Playing the young Luke in another powerful performance was Joey Luthman,

Throughout the twists and turns, viewers learn that Luke not only killed his father, but accidentally killed his own mother who he loved.  It was a harrowing moment of deeply repressed memories.  The ending in the present time also features the Spencer family rallying around a distraught Luke in the hankie-inducing final scenes.

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From the performances, to the script, to the direction, to the writing his one had it all.

So, will  you be watching today’s 52nd anniversary episode of GH?  Do you agree it was one of the finest episodes of the series? Comment below

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