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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.

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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Jacque

Congrats

Llanviewer717
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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
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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
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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!!!

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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.

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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… Read more »

Jimmy
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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
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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 Parry Shen Delivers the ‘Power Performance of the Week’

How many of us have lost, or had to say goodbye to our best friend? Somehow fate or illness intervenes and cuts short someone you share so many memories with.

On last Thursday’s episode of General Hospital, Dr. Britt Westbourne’s (Kelly Thiebaud) family and friends gathered for her memorial at the GH chapel.  However, viewers knew of the special connection between Britt and her bestie, Brad Cooper (Parry Shen).

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Devastated at losing Britt, upset that she never told him she about her diagnosis with Huntington’s Disease, and mourning her death, Brad comes to her former office, where Britt was the Co-Chief of Staff at the hospital. After exchanging heartfelt moments with Britt’s mother, the grieving Liesl (Kathleen Gati), and Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Brad (with a paper bag in hand) spends some time alone in Britt’s former office, which has now been cleaned out.

Next, Brad takes out a carton of ice cream (for those who know the back-story, Britt and Brad would sit together each with ice cream and watch the red carpet at the Nurses’ Ball on TV and hoot and howl at the residents of Port Charles), and thus begins a very emotional and five-hankie moment, where Brad recalls all the key moments in their friendship.

Parry Shen was so touching in this scene, that if you have been a fans of Britt and Brad’s friendship, we are sure you shed some tears.

Later, during the memorial, Brad is pained listening to the others eulogize Britt, and when it is his turn to speak, he does his best to get through it and pay homage to his best friend.

We will miss the Brad and Britt friendship as will many GH viewers for it was one-of-a-kind on the soaps – two originally, not so nice people, doing bad things and finding common ground with each other, and eventually turning their lives around and being there to support each other.

For all of these scenes mentioned above, Michael Fairman TV names Parry Shen’s work, the Power Performance of the Week.  You can check out a clip featuring Shen below.

Now, let us know, what did you think of Parry’s Performance during Britt’s memorial episode? Comment below.

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Marcus Coloma On His GH Exit: “I Don’t Know Why That Decision Was Made, But I Don’t Feel Any ill Will and I Didn’t Feel I Got Fired”

This week, GH fans saw Adam Huss returning to the ABC soap opera as Nikolas Cassadine to finish out the rest of the scenes originally intended to be played by Marcus Coloma who ended his three-year run on the show a tad early.

As has been previously reported, Coloma came down with Covid-19 as his final tape days neared, and a decision was made for him to not return to finish off his last run of episodes.

With all the rumors and stances taken by everyone involved, Coloma was the special guest on this week’s episode of the That’s Awesome Podcast hosted by Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson and discussed his departure from the long-running daytime drama series.

Marcus expressed that when he took the role on GH, he was excited to be in that kind of environment (working on a soap opera), and only signed on for three years.  However, as time went by it became more difficult to reconcile leaving when his contract was up, sharing: “You fall in love with the crew and everybody along with it. So, two and a half years in, this decision that was so clear in the beginning is getting complicated.”

The actor added that while, “I knew the end was coming, it wasn’t like GH was saying, ‘Hey, Marcus, we want you to stay.’  There was no negotiation … and all I can say to that is I don’t know why that decision was made, but I don’t feel any ill will and I didn’t feel like I got fired. It just felt like … there was maybe an understanding that I was going to be there for three years. The big surprise is how much it hurt. Even though I knew I was going to leave.”

In the end, Coloma reflected that this may have concluded as it should, adding, “I really do have some big goals and those goals would have never been realized if I would have stayed. That’s not to take anything away from GH because I admire everything about it.”

Watch the episode of That’s Awesome featuring Coloma below.

Then weigh-in, what do you think of Marcus’ thoughts on his exit as GH’s Nikolas Cassadine? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Adam Huss Back to GH as Nikolas Cassadine

With Marcus Coloma’s last appearance as Nikolas Cassadine on last week’s January 26th episode of General Hospital, the soap opera brought back Adam Huss to finish out the dark prince’s storyline.

According to Soaps.com. Huss aired today on the January 31st episode of the ABC daytime drama series and will finish out the scenes that were written to be portrayed by Coloma.

Adam previously subbed for Coloma back in September 2021 and again in November 2022.

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After it was announced that Coloma was leaving GH, the network and the series agreed that it would be best that Marcus did come in to tape his last episodes since he was recovering from Covid-19 at the time.  Thus, we are seeing those episodes featuring Huss now airing in early February.

So, glad to see Adam back to wrap Nikolas’ current storyline? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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