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Hillary B. Smith To General Hospital As Nora Buchanan!

Photo: A Million Happy Nows

Photo: A Million Happy Nows

GH Executive producer, Frank Valentini promised an exciting announcement today and he delivered one less than an hour ago.

Valentini, through a video on his Twitter account shared the news that Daytime Emmy winner, Hillary B. Smith is coming to General Hospital as Nora Buchanan!  Smith played Nora on One Life to Live for many years, from 1992-2012 and again in 2013 on Prospect Park’s online reboot of the series.

From the looks of the video teaser, Nora Hanen Gannon Buchanan will be counsel to someone in need of expert legal advice! Could she end up actually prosecuting or defending Franco (Roger Howarth)?  If so, this would not be the first time that Smith and Howarth have worked together in an on-screen legal courtroom battle.  For Smith, won her Emmy for Nora trying to bring Todd to justice for the gang rape of Marty Saybrooke (Susan Haskell) on One Life.

With the hiring of Smith, this is the first time since the rights to One Life to Live are back with ABC that GH has been able to utilize a character from the beloved soap opera since the protracted legal battle with Prospect Park.  There is no word yet as to how long Smith will be staying in Port Charles, if its for a guest-star arc, recurring, or on contract is yet to be revealed.

Watch the video annoucement featuring Rebecca Budig (Hayden) of Smith coming to GH as Nora Buchanan here. Then weigh-in!

Are you excited by the news of Hillary joining GH? Comment below!

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mike
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mike

This should be fun.

Ray
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Ray

It would be great to see a few AMC cast members on GH.

Tay
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Tay

Yes! Not just OLTL

Jamie
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Jamie

YES! SO EXCITING!

Maureen Stephan Hoeler
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Maureen Stephan Hoeler

wonderful…now bring Bo and Vicky to GH also

su0000
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su0000

I had to google these people being brought up- and found they are 70yrs old and most likely retired and would not want the very long and hard demanding days of a soap schedule.
lol I sure wouldn’t.. but, yah never know they might be up for it.
hope for their fans they return if they are asked to return, but as what position is a question.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

KNOCK IT OFF SU0000…FOR REAL. .that’s past annoying. .move on from daytime honey.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Something tells me you are up in age and for whatever odd reason you’re posting like an adult trying to be a twenty something? ? It’s lost its luster dear.

Alan
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Alan

I don’t think the issue here is age but rather is the material they would be given worthy of their talents. Based on what GH has been serving up since Ron left, I would say the answer is no.

su0000
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su0000

Hi Alan ..
exactly right..
Fact is; they are 70ish and that is into retirement age to go back into the highly demanding filming day..
Fact is; what on earth would they do on GH, what role could they possibly play of any significance .
Only one on GH is of that age and seems to be smi-retired and that is Tracy..

((it took less than 30 seconds to google them, they could have been of any age, dunno.
A actors day of filming is very hard/demanding, is fact.
perhaps they would have no desire to even return to the soaps.

Timmm
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Timmm

su0000, tune into the Disney Channel!

Celia
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Celia

Oh, c’mon, SuzieQ….John Aniston is in his 80’s….and Victor is appraching 80 and still kicking!!
I love everyone from OLTL and I welcome each one, if he/she chose to make an appearance….that includes AMC, albeit I did not like a few characters/actors.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Su…You need a tad of help in your fact-checking skills. If you indeed looked up Hillary B. Smith you would see she is 58 years old…in the same age range as Finola Huges and Nancy Grahn. Now, I only say this to put you in your place as you bragged that it only took you “30 seconds to google them…” From your posts here you’ve stated you detest Trump. Why? He seems to be everything you are…judgmental, bigoted. Yet, I know why. Because he’s bigoted against you. You’re not in his demographic. You’ve stated you’re of an Indian background. So,… Read more »

John Gordon
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John Gordon

Good GRIEF what is your problem exactly? Age is just a number. Some people are raring to go at 70 – and put 40 year olds to shame sometimes!
I don’t watch General Hospital, but if they start recruiting characters from AMC and OLTL I may just have to tune in. Almost anything is better than the one soap I do follow, Days of Our Lives which is currently beyond boring.
I don’t think we can truly hope for a revival of One Life or AMC but we can always dream – you never know –

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

WHA-A-T? Bite your tongue once again, suOOOO! Now, let’s see–how old are Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda? And did you hear about their series? And didn’t Lily just win a very important SAG award?
Nora? She is pure gold! And if Nora comes, can Bo be far behind—PLEASE? Love them!

Celia
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Celia

Hi, su, I think I underdtand what you are trying to say. I, also, see that you do not mean to insult; so, some people need to ease up on you. Sometimes our wording makes us step in caca, but, with good intention. I get it, as I said as much of Lucci. There are certain roles that the ‘older’ cast is more equipped to handle; whether that be experience or otherwise. Can we picture Susan Lucci acting as Nina? I certainly can’t….as I was trying to say to Shay. No, this would not be her role. So, I think… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I need to correct myself…I see you were referring to the actors that play Vicky and Bo…not Hillary/Nora. So…my entire message still stands. Fifties, sixties, seventies and beyond…people in real life and on TV are all ages. Stop bringing up the subject. For a “young” person you’re awfully redundant.

Celia
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Celia

Oh, Wow, s. I looks like we have rehearsed our comments…. we’re hundreds of miles apart!!!! LOL. some words are verbatim. Will you look at that? Go figure. You a leftist, moi an Independent. HaHa.
I take it you never watched OLTL? I also take it you do not welcome GH vets coming back? I’m new t

Celia
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Celia

Sorry, su..pressed “submit”by accident, prematurely. …I’m new to GH, but I like seeing Lucy, Felicia, Mac etc….I don’t even know them, but I appreciate them. Anyway, remember once you told me to ignore vitriolic voices? You stuck up for me as I have for you, on many occasions. I think some people are so full of themselves; to the point of being entitled of putting others down as if they walk on higher, holier ground. I have been criminalized for supporting Trump. Do I care? It’s a free country. Better to be ruled by a tough president then be Iran’s… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Should read like this: There is no age appropriate once someone becomes an adult. There’s age appropriate for a child because they’re young and need to be protected and guided. As an adult…as long as one’s actions doesn’t hurt someone else…people need to live their life the way they want…not how “society” decrees they should. Older actors? They don’t need an age appropriate role. /Whether they are portrayed as business owners, newlyweds, starting a new career, perhaps falling in love for the first time and feeling giddy over it…it’s ALL open. It’s the human experience and there’s no timeline other… Read more »

Addison
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Addison

NO!!!!! Maureen, I loved OLTL and miss it terribly. However, Frank trying to use GH as a portal to keep his OLTL characters alive has had a negative impact on GH. Either bring back OLTL or let these characters go, period. I also do not appreciate that Frank’s attachment to his former OLTL has come at the expense of GH characters. Suooo–how old are you exactly? You never say but you are obsessed with age. You almost seem to be raging, raging and raging against the dying of the light and against lost youth which tells me you’re most likely… Read more »

Shay
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@Addison…Kudos for your common sense reply! The fact that you were an avid viewer of the defunct OLTL makes your opinion particularly valued and appreciated because it indicates an impartial analysis of the very issue which you’ve so aptly addressed. In other words, you have not allowed your passion for the late Llanview and its residents to cloud your judgment or sense of fairness in recognizing the truly deleterious effect the obsessive effort to resurrect OLTL on the GH canvas has created upon the latter, and I thank you for that. As a previously longtime GH viewer, I cannot help… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Hey Addie… 🙂 I disagree. Love ya…but disagree. We’re in a new soap age. Perhaps OLTL will come back; probably not. But dealing with the here and now…I, personally, would love to see, and welcome, many characters from OLTL. Why? Because, at its most obvious…it’s a fictional world. And in fictional worlds, anything and everything is possible. Instead of losing characters to the nebulous glow of days gone by…this is an opportunity to bring people back to life…and back into our lives. This doesn’t negate the fact that I’d love to see more GH characters. I’ve stated that many times.… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

@Shay. Hey, Shay, Your writing blows me away. So simply put, yet so eloquent. I see the light….well, except for the word ” impartiality”. It depends on one’s individual perception, mon amie!! I do believe that sometimes this misconstrued word is only used when convenient to some. And, said people should follow their own advise, as they do decry others’ individual thoughts. I do not bend to others’ will, lectures or aggression. Who died and made them omnipotent? Speaking of”Soap Opera Heaven”…. tell me about it. I want ANOTHER WORLD to come back. I miss those characters/actors/actresses, as well. But,… Read more »

Addison
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Addison

But you did, Blanche you did!
(make ageist statements time and time again).

Love Baby Jane Hudson

Rose
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Rose

Addison…thank you for your comment further down the scroll. As Arnold might say, “I’ll be back.” Can’t let them take over MF, too.

Toni
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Toni

Yes!! Bo Too!!!

su0000
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su0000

Sorry, you you seem to be overly sensitive about age. but it is fact, they are 70ish (i did not say anything other than that. Lighten up, lol .. geez it is what it is, they are 70 and I was wondering where on earth they could possibly fit into GH that would be a role of any significance and that is also a fact.. Every Time a person’s age is mention some find need to freak out over the facts that they are 70.. even Tracy (whom I love) gets little air time seems she is smi-retired. you find… Read more »

Addison
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Addison

Suoo, let’s talk about something less controversial and which might unify you, Rebecca and myself. Let’s talk about Donald Trump!

Kidding, of course!

su0000
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su0000

ahha Addison .. there is not enough bandwidth for my comments of Trump .. Actually, I was not for Trump or Hillary. I didn’t like either of them, well Bernie is cool. My Trump comments are not of the presidency but about the man-child 😉 Anyways.. The Republicans will impeach Trump as soon as they get their Supreme Court Justice and everything else and then after they will, without a doubt, take their coveted party back ((wait for it)) I just have fun watching the show play out and it has just begun LOL .. Hey Addison .. I’ll bet… Read more »

rebecca1
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Su…it’s not about being “overly sensitive” about age. It’s about you bringing up age on almost every response you give..whether it be about the writers or the actors. All age/all the time. As for your friend saying you’ve said nothing insulting…it IS insulting when you talk about people so old “they’re ready for diapers” and are so old “they’re taking the soaps to the grave with them…” You may not mean to be offensive, but many have told you those comments are. And yet…you still make them. Over and over. Something perhaps to think about… I have no reason to… Read more »

Addison
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Addison

Suoo, I like you–I really do.
As a long distance cross country runner, I look at age as I look at hills. I tell myself that hills are my friend and I chug up that hill. I look at time as my friend, and I chug up that hill of time. This gives a whole new positivity to the phrase, over the hill. Maybe it’s a good thing to be over the hill because you’ve earned that right to run downward.
PS. I still have a Bernie bumpersticker on my car.

su0000
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su0000

hi rebecca1.. as I said .. sensitive about age mentions going on lol .. The only time I have mentioned age is my opinion of the age of the writers, I want young writes. And I will never change my mind about that ..All others I do not care one way or the other. It is the above that’s upset about about an age mention, nothing to do with me that a mention of their age, just a fact… I did not make any personal comments of them, none because I do not care, just a mention their age..geez lol… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

Hey Addison!
good ol’ Bernie!!
Run that bumper sticker proudly!
Bernie is da`man ..
When he’s a guest on whichever news I never miss him..

((I could have used his free collage, I’m still paying 🙁 ..

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Suuuuuuuuuuu!!!! LOL! Yes, you did make ageist comments. Many times…and you did say something about wearing diapers and going to the grave. Own the comments!!!!

With that said, you can be so darn pleasant that it’s difficult to stay angry with you. So… hug…there. I said it!

sigh. 🙂

Tali3180
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Tali3180

Nice…..but give me some John & Natalie or Blair & Todd!

Viki
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Viki

Hell yes! Give us Michael and Melissa. Love Hillary B. Smith

Yankee fan
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Yankee fan

You are never getting Natalie and John again.

Frank has zero interest in Archer. Thank god.

Easton doesn’t wanna play John anymore. Read his interview with Logan.

Jolie will only exist in your fan fic. This is GH, not OLTL.

Howarth, Easton, Alderson, Kassie, Flo, and Hillary are Frank’s pets.

Archer is never coming to GH. Natalie was a terrible character. Fake Buchanan.

Long live Hayden and Finn. Natalie doesn’t exist.

Trophy Lady
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We only HOPE we NEVER get MA on GH! John and Natalie were beyond boring — they made absolutely ZERO sense. I have nothing against Melissa, but John and Natalie were beyond dumb! Now, if you want to start talking about John and Evangeline — well, I’m totally here for that! Michael and Renee Elise Goldsberry had ALL of the chemistry in the world! I do like Hayden and Finn! Rebecca and Michael have nice chemistry. I’d love for Renee to be Finn’s long lost wife who’s most definitely alive! And, overall, I’d love to see more OLTL/AMC vets on… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I agree with Trophy Lady and Addison. I loved Evangeline and John…much more than I ever liked John and Natalie. LOL…I actually liked everyone better with John (Blair, Kelly) than Natalie.

Sara
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Sara

Love me some Archer and Easton!

Beth
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Beth

Oh yes completely agree. Melissa Archer and Michael Easton were phenomenal together. Exceptional chemistry. To each his own, this fan misses them immensely!

Addison
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Addison

I do agree with Trophy Lady–John and Evangeline were HOT< HOT< HOT!!! I have nothing against Archer, but she always seemed to be posing thusforth, putting the Arch into Archer.

Jamie
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Jamie

.Ha ha yes. Melissa is well endowed . I like the posters above was and am a Jolie fan.

Mari
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Mari

Excited about Nora Buchanan. Excellent actress. Yes Bring on Bo. The PCPD is a joke!
Would love him as commissioner. And God yes bring Melissa Archer and Erika Slezak on as well. Yes loved Michael and Melissa and Viki also.

Steph
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Steph

Love Archer and Easton. They were hot and I would welcome them with open arms. They are incredibly miss d by many fans.

Pete
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Pete

I am one of those fans. Enjoyed Michael Easton and Melissa Archer on OLTL. The plan was to bring her on before the PP debacle. Love that redhead and would love to see her grace my screen again.

Marina
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Marina

Oh hell yes. Bring Melissa on!

john
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john

Loving it but also seeing freak outs that GH will become OLTL

Lisa Z
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Lisa Z

Agree! I enjoy the lectures by certain posters here regarding why soaps were cancelled and why they can never come back. (Very repetitive but entertaining in their condescending way !) of course shows can come back, it has happened before. OLTL fans are hard core, and maybe the network is realizing that.

Lisa
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Lisa

This is really exciting! I agree. Vicki and Bo next. And let Roger be Todd.

Max Daddee
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Max Daddee

On the same page with you, Lisa. Nora Buchanan is a great character, so much life to her role as it was on OLTL. I hope her spunk shines on GH. And if they can get some more Buchanans in town, that would help build up Port Charles again. Tracy Quartermain is a strong one, but the Quartermains as a whole haven’t shined as a family in years, since Edward died. Can’t wait to see Nora’s role take off!

Yankee fan
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Yankee fan

Clint and Tracy would make a great couple.

Ray
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Ray

Hillary and Nancy Lee Grahn would be fun to watch.

Jay
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Jay

If this can bring more viewers to GH, great! HBS is a fine actress.

Sly
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Sly

I agree with you Jay. We really need more viewers.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I knew GH was going to cash in on getting the rights back to OLTL. I am so happy and I think this is only the beginning. We will see more of our old favorites from ABC Daytime on our screens.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I’m happy, too James but we can expect much rejection from others who don’t welcome OLTL characters on GH. I can see both viewpoints. I miss GH in its “original” cast. I would like to see characters many of us have already mentioned…more Laura, Kevin, Lucy, Scott, Mac, Ned…it’s absolutely absurd the resistance the powers that be over at GH have regarding these core GH characters! On the other hand, until and if they ever bring back OLTL…whether for an occasional “special”…a half-hour format…I totally welcome the characters from that iconic soap. I think Nora will fit in perfectly; she… Read more »

Rose
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Rose

Rebecca…I love Nora as well. Would be fun to bring Bo back and do a little two-step. Just to let you know I’ve been mostly quiet lately. May do what Harry did for the same reasons. Best to you.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Hi Rose! Was wondering where you’ve been…

Yes, great news about Nora! I’m hoping they bring over more characters…if even for occasional visits. I think the possibilities are endless now that they got the rights back.

And, sigh…I understand about you dropping out of sight, so to speak. It gets worse and worse. I could never have imagined this scenario…and, to be redundant…it’s beyond surreal.

Hope to see you back on a more regular basis soon. Til then… 🙂

Addison
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Addison

Dear Rose, I won’t tell you to smile or to cheer up. But I will say to look for silver linings such as: 1. Americans are plumbing the good books once again. Books like George Orwell’s “1984, Sinclair Lewis’s “It Can’t Happen Here” and Phillip Roth’s “The Plot Against America” are all on the best seller list. 2. Americans are finally back to speaking out against injustices as they realize the power of the people. For too long we as a society have been apathetic and somewhat somnolent. And finally, 3. We no longer have to ask why the terrorists… Read more »

Max Daddee
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Max Daddee

I read elsewhere that Hillary’s going to be playing Nora in the context of being PC’s new DA. I loved hearing that; good indicator that they just won’t have her passing through town, but instead sticking around. I think she’ll shake things up in a good way!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

That would be fantastic! Wonder if Bo will follow…

KansasGuest
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If Nora Buchanan is the new D.A., chances are she won’t be a successful one because the most popular characters on GH are criminals who never get convicted of anything. And, if I’m reading this correctly, her character wasn’t able to even get Todd Manning convicted of gang rape over on OLTL. I don’t care how popular Roger Howarth is. Letting a character get away with gang rape is HORRIBLE. What a misogynistic plotline.

Jarrett
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Jarrett

Nora did not prosecute Todd for the gang rape. She was the attorney for the defense who caused a mistrial once she figured out that he did the crime, by imploring the jury to find her clients guilty. He then went to jail after Marty tricks him into a recorded confession. He later stalked and tried to rape Nora while she was temporarily blind from an illness.

Celia
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Celia

Oh, WOW!! So exciting….can’t wait….

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

i havent watched…my father passed away so its been a very depressing week….this about nora is good news news-hope more oltl faves appear….hope John and Todd come back and the actors current characters are dumped…i wont be posting much anymore but i will be around every now and then!…

Trudy
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Trudy

Jimh,

I’m very sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Max Daddee
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Max Daddee

Blessings to you and your family, Jim. My condolences.

su0000
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su0000

Jimh, I am so sorry.. Many have felt your pain it’s too real.
God bless ..

kAREN P
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kAREN P

Sorry Jim about the loss of your Dad. You will begin your new norm holding onto all embraces he sends you.. Nora hasn’t been on yet. But looking forward to her being another attorney. Her and whats her name worked together for a long time on OLTL. very exciting. Again… My condolences. If only life was a soap and our dads would come back with amnesia then cured.

Shay
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Shay

Deepest condolences on your loss, jimh. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers…..

Dee
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Dee

So sorry for your loss God Bless you and family. I would love for Todd to come back I do not mind Franco,but some fans will not give the character a chance. I adore Finn Easton is doing an excellent job with that role he deserves a change.

Celia
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Celia

My condolences, Jimmy. Take care, my friend.

Sly
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Sly

Sorry for your loss. Hang in there.

Remember what I said about “Hope”.

Come back to the site when you are ready.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Thanks to all replies for your kind words…it really means a lot to me…love you all!

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

Sorry for your loss, Jim. Try not to go too far away from us. Your opinions of the soaps are always good to read.

Rose
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Rose

Jimh..I have just caught up to MF after a few days away. But I want you to know I am so sorry for your loss. Take care.

Shay
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Shay

Hey there, CeeCeeGirl!!!….Just a few thoughts in response to your Susan Lucci comments further down this page….Firstly, I didn’t find your notions indelicately put in the least….forthright, yes, but that’s just the way I like them…we can always agree to civilly disagree on any subject, then move on….no biggie! When I was proffering the idea for Erica Kane to take over Crimson, I had in mind a publishing grande dame in the mold of an Anna Wintour, the late Helen Gurley Brown or even that eternal fashion legend, Diana Vreeland…age is/was an irrelevant issue when one considers the impact and… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Than you, my Shay. I can never argue with your well-thought-out, well-written prose. I can only call it prose…..I have always looked up to you and your expressive words. And, yes, it does the body, mind and soul well to disagree in a civil manner. Susan Lucci is a lady….always has been. She is also a patroness of a few charities. As I said she does not live far from me…..she lived even closer before selling her gorgeous mansion in Westhampton Beach ( Quoque), albeit she still lives in Suffolk County. As far as I am concerned, Nelle could belong… Read more »

Linda
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Linda

Could it be that ABC actually learned something from the soap fans. Hopefully by reintroducing characters from AMC & OLTL it’s a sign the soaps may return. LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON!!

John Gordon
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John Gordon

Doesn’t some of this stem from the fact that PROSPECT PARK orignally claimed that ABC was trying to make General Hospital a “super soap” by incorporating characters from One Life and AMC into their existing show and that PP objected to them doing that? Well now ABC has the character rights back so we shall see what happens as time goes by.

Angelfinder
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Angelfinder

Nice to see her again. Bring in Bo for the PCPD. Have her working with Roger would be fun- but not as his lawyer-let her say he reminds her of someone and play it from there. Vicki would be nice. We need another rich family in there besides the Q’s. Now go to AMC and bring Tad and Dixie back on. Please NO Erica–we have enough evil women on the show. MAybe Greenlee could leave GH and make room for another star to come on.

Viki
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Viki

Cannot stand Hayden:((((

Yankee fan
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Yankee fan

Love Hayden. Love Hayden and Finn.

Jamie
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Jamie

The character of Hayden makes my stomach churn!

Suz tm
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Suz tm

Neither can I.

Sara
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Sara

Hayden and Franco are among some of the most propped characters I’ve ever seen!

Dee
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Dee

I was not a fan of Hayden until they paired her with Finn. I love Fayden aka Hayden and Finn.

Celia
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Celia

Love Hayden, from here to forever!!

Addison
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Addison

I am glad I am not the only one, Hayden is horrible. I fast forward through her scenes.

Patrick
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Patrick

Thank you “posts” who agree that GH is so obvious in the prop department these soiled characters with no real connection to GH are wasting our time Hadyen and FInn can look as happy as can… all cured lovey dovey and making their mark just so precise … with complete smile and even with aura give me a break. AND LEAVE BRAD ALONE… he just wants in on the patent why did they drag this out that much more? not enough fawning over.. because he’s McBain from OLTL . so he’s getting Griffin to write him opiate prescriptions? there is… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Actually, the iconic Erica Kane is the only character from the AMC/OLTL bunch I could abide coming to Port Charles….Susan Lucci’s glamorous character is an absolute soap legend and I could easily imagine her appearing on the GH canvas to both take over Crimson magazine and add some class and elegance to the show….that would also kill two birds with one stone because it could pave the way to provide Nina a speedy one-way ticket out of town, and what a blessed thing that would be!!!! As for giving Hayden the old heave-ho….I’m with you there!

Timmm
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Timmm

I would like to see Erica and Tracy lock horns!

Celia
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Celia

Awwwww…Shaaayyyy,
Why? LOL.
Amazing how we perceive characters, eh?? I have always liked Rebecca ….since her AMC days.
Later.

Celia
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Celia

Oh, no no, My lovely Shay. Susan Lucci may be classy, but too old to bring innovative ideas to Crimson. She’s old enough to be Michelle’s mother. Nina has spirit and spice, which is exactly what the show needs. Out of context….Could this Frank that Carly is talking about be Carly’s bio father? Could Bobbi have ceded her to him and never told Carly he was her real father? Carly said he left her and her adopted mother when she was three. So, perhaps, Frank started a new life after he abandoned Virginia and Carly. Nelle being the product of… Read more »

Ray
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Ray

Walt Willey, Julia Barr, Kassie D, Susan Lucci and the characters of Opal, Jamie and JR

Celia
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Celia

PS.
Hi again, Shay,
I may have worded my comment indelicately….by no means would I deny Susan Lucci a welcome to GH. I love her…always have. She doesn’t live too far from me.
I was only referring to that setting; that is, editor of the magazine.
I think Nina is perfect for that job, and Maxi adds youth and oomph.
Susan would be great as a beauty consultant or as the resident dowager of the castle. Yeah, make her Valentin’s mother.
Methinks, I’ve been reading too many British Romance novels, LOL.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I marvel that some think a gorgeous, glamorous female of 70 can’t have “innovative” ideas… a woman who’s life was centered around beauty and glamour…as “too old” to run a fashion magazine…but yet think a 70 year old man with NO political experience can suddenly run an entire country and impose his views upon the world. Just a thought…

kikismom
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kikismom

Celia – when I watched this episode I understood this as Frank was Carly’s adopted father, married to Virginia. I do agree that I think Nelle might be Frank’s kid but not sure why that would make her bitter towards Carly since it would be a whole other family. Just wish they would bring this one to an end or make it more juicy while we wait because I can’t stand Nelle and it’s time to move on.

Sly
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Sly

Love Finn, Hayden, not so much.

Beth
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Beth

Cannot stand Hayden

Jamie
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Jamie

Love Finn , adore McBain and Jolie!

Jamie
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Jamie

Now Hayden is financial officer at GH? Can you say PROP much? What a joke. Well Dr.O was chief of staff so…..

Pete
Guest
Pete

Hayden,Nina and Nelle can either exit stage left or fall off of Windermere’s parapets and they would never be missed! Not a fan of these characters at all.

Marina
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Marina

Agree with Jamie. A grifter, a thief and an assaulter now financial officer for GH. I can’t stop laughing. Enough already. How many shoehorns have you used with Hayden and Nina. Really?

John Gordon
Guest
John Gordon

Oh if Erika Slezak joined General Hospital believe me I’m there….there’s NO question about that! That would REALLY open the door to bringing in more Agnes Nixon created characters to the canvas!

Angelfinder
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Angelfinder

She is an excellent actor and would add a lot to the show. I just wonder if they would do her justice though. The writing would have to greatly improve. Only wish Asa was alive- he could take over for the Cassadines and give the Q’s a run for their money. Could you imagine – Vicki, Asa, Adam Chandler/Stuart , Bo all together on one show. Wow!

Tivette
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Tivette

LOVE Hillary/Nora and YES let’s bring Bo along to PCPD for some real backbone to fight all that 3 family crime spree.

Jamie
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Jamie

That would be great.

tsuds
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tsuds

GH needs something exciting so lets hope it is good!!

loveafternoon
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loveafternoon

Choosing “Nora” is a nice sensible start…of course would love to see Dorian, Viki and Roxy battle with Deliah…the latter, separated at birth!

Angelfinder
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Angelfinder

Yes, Roxy needs to come back–with her beaver.

Jenny
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Jenny

Roxy cant come back as Roxy. Ilene Kristen already recurs as her Ryan’s Hope character Delia. Things cant get too convoluted!

Jensen
Guest
Jensen

Great news! Now RH has to go back to the fan fav Todd Manning. Franco does not work!

su0000
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su0000

hey!
I’m luvin Franco!
A very unique character and Rogers deserves to take home the emmy, also.
I never FF Franco, that character is awesome!

Todd manning as OLTL is dead, gone…

Yankee fan
Guest
Yankee fan

Franco needs to be killed off.

Do not want Nora wasted propping him like everyone else.

Worst romance in the 20 year history of Liz’s character.

Todd is also not needed back and the Howarth show needs to stop.

Bring back Tyler as Nikolas with the open payroll from Howarth after Franco dies.

Angelfinder
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Angelfinder

Roger is an Emmy winning actor and gives 100% to everything he does. You can still see bits of Todd in him which makes him that much more endearing. Roger and Becky together is going to make one fantastic and exciting couple. Excellent actors that will be anything but boring. Outside of Jason and Liz or Jake Doe and Liz – this is one of the best pairing she has had. Get rid of the boring couple they are tying so hard to prop to keep them going. With sam gone…Jason can finally find someone to love and not feel… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

well su…we can agree on Franco. love how the character has evolved…and loving Todd and Liz!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

LOL…was “multi-tasking.” I meant FRANCO and Liz!

su0000
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su0000

I never heard of Nora Hanen Gannon Buchanan ..
Anyways- it will all be good if the character brings Franco up front..

((seems like a guest appearance for the trial..

Jenny
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Jenny

You are delusionally out of touch with what soap viewers want sister! Why do you watch soaps, girlfriend??

PennySoap
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PennySoap

Oh! I am so happy!

Lisa
Guest
Lisa

SO EXCITED!!! Bring as many OLTL and AMC “vets” on that you can!!!

Steve
Guest
Steve

I loved OLTL as much as anyone, but Kin Shriner and Carolyn Hennessey barely get enough airtime. However, if Nora’s coming to defend Olivia Jerome and the reveal is she masqueraded as Alex Olanov back in Llanview, that’s a scenario I’d buy into.

Kate
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Kate

I love that idea!

Andrew
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Andrew

That scenario makes me very happy. I interviewed Tonja a few years ago and she was floating the idea of Olivia/Alex being one and the same then. I hope this comes to fruition. I’d like them to connect the shows more (like they started to do with Alcazar/Tomas). I have a stupid hope that enough of these OLTL and AMC visits will spark more interest in reviving one or both shows (and please don’t lecture me that those shows are dead and done…. everyone said that no OLTL or AMC would ever appear on GH again and well, that’s not… Read more »

Jimmy
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Jimmy

How great would that be, to tie in the story of both shows into one over-arching umbrella! Awesome idea!

libby
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libby

YES!! Can’t wait to see her on there. It will be nice to have her on there!

Mary Lou DeVriendt
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Mary Lou DeVriendt

OMG!!! Such exciting news! I love Hillary B Smith!

sassysdreams
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sassysdreams

As much as I like Hillary B. Smith as an actress, the General Hospital cast is already too large and greatly unused. Why bring on another female attorney who looks similar to Nancy Lee Grahn’s Alexis Davis? This seems like a very bad move for #GH and something Frank Valentini is doing just to bring on characters/actors from his pet show OLTL.  

Trudy
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Trudy

I completely agree with you. GH already has so many actors from OLTL, AMC, and YR that legacy GH actors/characters are short on stories and screen time. If ABC wants to utilize OLTL characters, then they should bring OLTL back from the dead!

Yankee fan
Guest
Yankee fan

I will have no problem if this is a short term appearance by Nora and this doesn’t turn out to be another Franco propping stunt.

A whole lot fun in the courtroom is on the way if we get her crossing paths with Scott or Diane for a few episodes during sweeps.

GH will benefit by having Nora around as a guest star as long as it’s not about Franco.

Patrick
Guest
Patrick

another “prop” that seems so obvious… and I can’t stand it how things just fall in to their lap and they rarely do anything… is Sam and Jason… all they need are their matching black leather jackets and off they go Sam , finding that yellow paper ‘ NOTE from Franco… locked in the storage unit. @GH… has propped Jason /Carly / Sonny / Sam so far up arse… no? give me a break Frank / Jean / Shelley. these 4 suck… they always will. ARGH … i’m disappointed that this is the lamest excuse of a story for Seth… Read more »

Suz tm
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Suz tm

Completely agree. I watch GH, not OLTL or AMC. Please use the Gh vets!!!

Andrew
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Andrew

I think these appearances will be a way for the network to test just how popular these characters are. If we watch, write and support the show, perhaps there can be a revival. But no one at ABC is going to greenlight starting the soaps up again without lots of tests… and in this case it means an appearance by Nora. More to follow.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I hope so, Andrew. I’d love to see OLTL characters integrated if they could somehow do it in a way that doesn’t lose the feel of GH…and brings back GH vets, as well. Tall order but if they find a way to do it might just save…or…evolve…the daytime soap genre.

Jenny
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Jenny

This is just plain fun!! Lol. Let the crossovers begin!!!! ABC owns AMC, OLTL, and LOVING! lets get some of those people back! Weave them in and out in 6 week story arcs!! General Hospital hasnt been itself since 2001….so go for it! Get the publicity!!! I would love to see Lisa Peluso slink into town as Ava! Two Ava’s?? Imagine the fun! Nora is beloved and a good start!

Lori
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Lori

I just want AMC & OLTL back on our screens like they used to be

John Gordon
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John Gordon

I do too Lori sincerely I do but it seems doubtful that will happen….but hope springs eternal….

Dan
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Dan

I don’t mind this, good actress, good character with a lot of history. As long as GH doesn’t become overrun with old OLTL or AMC characters. There are already plenty of regular GH characters that don’t get enough air time, Genie Francis immediately springs to mind. She’s being criminally underused. But as long as they use them for short storylines, I don’t mind the characters from other shows coming on. These shows are on 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year, so I’m all for anything to spice them up.

Suz tm
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Suz tm

Agree. Genie is not on enough. Why can’t the give her a decent story. I love her and Kevin together, but they are never on and with Jon Lindstrom not on contract he could get something else, then what?

Tomas Torquemada
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Tomas Torquemada

Agree with both of you about Genie. She killed it with Finola. So underused!

Here’s a thought: instead of three days of Sonny Carly or three days of Jason Sam each doing the same scene for the umpteen millionth time, how about we reduce both pairs to two days of tedium instead of three? That’s two days for Genie and or others.

Dan
Guest
Dan

Agree wholeheartedly, Tomas. They need to do a better job of spreading out the air time. I don’t mind the top storylines getting the most air time, cause that’s how it is. But spread it out a little more, get some of the other characters represented at least once or twice a week. I don’t think that’s too much to ask. That’s what I loved about GH when I first started watching, back when Wendy Riche was exec producer, pretty much every character and every storyline got some air time at least once or twice a week. You didn’t go… Read more »

Suz tm
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Suz tm

Yes!! And I agree she was geeat

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

“Criminally underused.” How correct you are. More Genie! More Laura and Jon. Very believable couple for a change. Everyone else pales in comparison. A real head scratcher why she/they aren’t used more. Genie continues to be the “heart” of GH.

dmr
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dmr

Genie has been additional airtime; although, it is mostly “filler” to try to sell insipid Lulu’s stolen embryo/hidden daughter storyline. I would like to see Genie in her own storyline, and see her relationship with Kevin continue to grow and unfold. Also, have her in more scenes with the other vets-Mac and Felicia, Lucy, Scott, etc. I wish the actress who plays Lulu would be written out, along with Dante. The couple has zero chemistry and Lulu is written as an annoying little sister, not a strong Spencer woman.

Celia
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Celia

Finally, dmr, someone who is not a fan of Dante and Lulu. But, it seems that we are not to express ourselves on this site. We HAVE to like those characters whom the most aggressive posters demand of us…wah, wah, wah…..
I would love to see Genie and Kevin enmeshed in a romantic storyline. So far, their relationship is just ‘understood’….step it up, I say.
You are so right…Laura’s job is to showcase lalahead Lulu. I guess a mother’s job is never done? LOL

Addison
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Addison

Love Laura, but I have had no use for Lulu since Julie Berman took a hike.
This one is as perky and cute as a muppet while the old Lulu was ethereally beautiful and yet, street wise. Julie as Lulu was a perfect representation of what would happen if Luke and Laura had a child.
I do like Dante, however. I just don’t like him with this Lulu.

Suz tm
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Suz tm

Why can’t they ever seem to write a story for Genie/Laura? I could do without Lulu! I did enjoy the prior actress in the role

Enrique
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Enrique

Here we go again. Frank hasn’t learned from the last time this happened.

Shay
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Shay

Exactly, Enrique! You just knew that the importing of more OLTL/AMC vets to Port Charles was coming down the pike when they announced the Prospect Park settlement….this practice ruined GH as we once loved it to be the first time it was employed, and of course, now it’s time to double down and repeat the same mistake again. Just another reason (of many….) not to watch this once great soap…..

Patrick
Guest
Patrick

@GH… MUST

bring back Delia … let her work… @ Ruby’s Diner… or what ever it’s called … that Sean and TJ owned/ operated

I mean this

it’s a place where Ava / Kiki / Avery can see grandma.. and we bear witness to 3 generations of the fabulous

give Ava a semblance of normalcy familial and bonding… Ava and Kiki deserve this

Shay
Guest
Shay

That would appear to be a pipe dream, Patrick. Despite the fact that Delia’s turn as Ava’s mom was one of those rare instances of highly creative, successful casting decisions from the Cartini era, it was quickly displaced by repeatedly disastrous introductions of unpalatable newbies and unnecessary characters solely contrived as vehicles for those pet soap actors that the insistent showrunners foisted upon a loyal GH audience who all along have asked for nothing more than their familiar cast and storylines which revolved around them.

Walter
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Walter

That would be nice. I love that Delia still gets mentioned from time to time, keeping the door open. 🙂

cmp
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cmp

I like that idea, but I have a feeling that Delia’s portrayer is a devoted east coast girl. However, that said, I’m puzzled that they never had her visit and sing at the Nurse’s Ball.

Rose
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Rose

Patrick…Something I hope makes you smile. You seem to have a “little crush” on Nurse Elizabeth Webber. My new day nurse ( Chantel) looks very much like her, and was thrilled when I showed her Rebecca’s picture. She’s not up to speed on GH. She’s also kind and gracious. So I have my own nurse Liz/Chantel today. Hope to go home tomorrow, or next day. Yea!

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

Congratulations to Hillary B. Smith. I love her work. Nora Hanen Gannon Buchanan is a force!!!!!!!!!

Matthew
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Matthew

I think it’s a stupid idea, even if it’s a temporary role. ABC had their chance for crossovers before giving the rights of AMC/OLTL to Prospect Park. And we did get Todd, McBain, Starr, along with Blair and Tea here and there. But because to the lawsuit, we were then given Franco, Silas/Finn, and Kiki (now with a face of her own with Hayley Erin taking over the role). Now on top of that, we have Rebecca playing Hayden and Bree who played Claudiette. As much as I would love to see OLTL return, it should remain dead and buried… Read more »

Robert L
Guest
Robert L

I’m beyond excited and happy to see Hilary bringing Nora to GH. This is the beginning folks, our shows will be returning. Stefano Dimera is not the only Phoenix in daytime!!

Can’t wait to see who else comes to the show!

Susan Aderhold
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Susan Aderhold

Love Hilary and Nora! Stoked to have her back

Iakovos
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Iakovos

This is great news for I love Miss Smith but GH is GH and OLTL is OLTL. A guest arc for actors from OLTL is a gift but the series each have their own distinct points of view and directions.

Jason
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Jason

HBS is an awesome actress, and Nora is an amazing character who will fit in well with the GH cast. The show needs a little shot in the arm, and crossovers are always fun.

Alan
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Alan

Based on everything else Jean and Shelly have given us, I expect to be underwhelmed.

Annalee
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Annalee

Exciting news! Frank is making GH a “Super Soap”!
Great news!

Dee
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Dee

I know I am in the minority but GH could benefit from using some of the more popular OLTL and AMC characters. Those fans lost their soaps, and may not watch GH they would if they could for a little while or long term see their favorite characters again. This could be a win for GH because it would increase the number people watching he show ,and a win for GH increased viewership will keep GH on the air,

Andrew
Guest
Andrew

have to say, you’re right. I watched all three ABC shows for decades… but turned GH off when it became all Sonny all the time. I started back when Ron started writing and OLTL characters showed up. I continued to watch even when they left because the show was good again… but stopped a couple years ago. however, this may get me to watch again. I love Nora and very interested what they’ll do with her. 🙂

John Gordon
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John Gordon

I am in agreement with Dee, if they want to increase viewers, then they should absolutely incorporate some OLTL and AMC characters and weave them into the storylines at General Hospital – ABC owns ALL THE character rights from General Hospital, One Life to Live and all my Children – may as well utilize them in one way or another – I had hopes that the existing characters of AMC and OLTL would combine into a half hour show as a Lead-In to Gen. Hosp. but that might be hoping for too much.

Celia
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Celia

Interesting, Dee. I was thinking the same thing. I can understand why GH long-time viewers and fans would rather see GH vets much more often….it’s natural.
But, I really miss OLTL and AMC…..I know my friends ( who do not watch GH) would start watching in a NY minute, if their faves from the above soaps would be part of the GH cast…..even temporarily.

Patricio
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Patricio

Your post is 100% correct DeeDee! The soap ancients is shrinking, every viewer counts!

mgb357
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mgb357

bring in as many characters as possible, then split it up …

into two or more soaps and populate the air time with some good story telling…

PPLLEEAASSEE

Tomas Torquemada
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Tomas Torquemada

I like this a lot. Too add that new soap you would need to lay the groundwork for success.

The Mouse would be wise to do as you suggest

Shelly Samuel
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Shelly Samuel

Can’t Liz bring Nora for Franco and Liz knows her .

Patty
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Patty

So happy she is awesome and bring Bo back!! David
Can go with Lucy that would’ve hilarious!!

Celia
Guest
Celia

Yes, Patty, it would be!!!! What a novel, hysterical idea. I can just imagine. Perfect couple! Loooove David.

dmr
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dmr

Oh, that would be hysterical! David, Lucy, and Lucy’s duck, Sigmund, haha!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

That IS a great idea, Patty! Loved David and he’d be fantastic with Lucy. Haha…if, like in OLTL he wanted to date an older woman, I could see him with Tracy, as well!

Timmm
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Timmm

I suppose if GH would have been cancelled I would have relished a GH character to land on OLTL or AMC BUT, lets not go overboard with bringing in other soap stars just to pacify other soap fans. Look at Y&R, it took Steve Burton 4 years to get a decent story. Jason Thompson is still struggling there. GH has way too many capable actors who sit and wait for the inept JELLY to write them a story! Lets remember, its not “One Life to Live at General Hospital” or “All My General Hospital Children!”

Celia
Guest
Celia

Yeah, I see your point, Timmmy. Always the voice of reason. But, I, as so many others, are so hungry for our OLTL and AMC cast, we’d beg for even a small crumb.

Alan
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Alan

GH would be wise to trim ten characters from its current cast then bring in 3 OLTL characters and 3 AMC characters as regulars. Once those 6 are established in Port Charles the show could bring in other characters for visits or short term story arcs while maintaining 2/3’s of the focus on the GH characters. By doing this, the show might bring its ratings up as fans of the cancelled shows tune in to see what their favorites are up to and end up sticking around if the other stories catch their interest. Of course to make sure that… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Alan, THAT is an excellent idea!

kikismom
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kikismom

But it’s not really General Hospital anymore either. No one worth watching works at the hospital. They’d be better off turning the hospital into the condos and then re-naming show to “Port Charles”. Alot of the Port Charles characters are there anyway, in one form or another.

Timmm
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Timmm

I love it!

blake
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blake

great news! bring more OLTL characters on and I will watch GH. Make Franco go away and bring back Todd Manning. bring John Mcbain back and bring Natalie on for him.

Beth
Guest
Beth

Yesssss. I will take Michael and Melissa anyway any day

Lisa
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Lisa

Hey great bring Nora in to defend a case – but unless Bo is in tow permanency should be a no go.
GH already has actors that are underused – don’t start flooding the show with AMC and OLTL characters.
If only ABC could bring the shows back themselves – THAT would be fantastic.

kikismom
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kikismom

The under-used actors could be replaced or the boring storylines could be ditched for better ones. Not saying to bring in new people just for the sake of doing it, but for better TV – hell yes. If these characters are now freed up let’s go for it.
And I agree that bringing in the shows themselves would be the best thing yet, but where would they put them in the lineup? I swore when that “food” show took over AMC’s spot I would never watch it and haven’t to this day.

MisterK
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MisterK

YES! I don’t care for how long she’ll be on….but to see an old friend, a character that many of us loved will be wonderful. To all the nay Sayers out there, we need to keep GH on, and if this boosts ratings, brings in former OLTL fans to watch, then let it happen! Have a great week everyone!

mark
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mark

She is so classy I hate that word but it fits her I just love her!!!!!!!

Lisa Z
Guest
Lisa Z

Great news! This may actually get me to try watching GH again. I watched it for a bit after OLTL was cancelled and did not care for it. Maybe if this gets more viewers, OLTL could be brought back in some form. Bring Bo, Viki, Clint, and Natalie next!

Rodd
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Rodd

This should be a treat!

Toni
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Toni

OMGoodness!! Love it love it love it!! I loved Nora Buchanan!!! Ahhhh!!

JLH
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JLH

Can’t wait for this! These are scenes I definitely won’t be FFing through!

Dan S
Guest
Dan S

Love it. It’s a treat for all OLTL fans nd GH fans who don’t really know her will appreciate her great acting!

Dean_Morgan
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Dean_Morgan

This reminds me of when Cass Winthrop would visit other P&G soaps. I love Nora and Hillary. I look forward to seeing how it plays out.

Shay
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Shay

@Dean_Morgan….Crossovers were great fun when we had a plethora of daily soaps from which to choose….Such guest shots were inventive, creative and exposed each show’s respective audiences to new and exciting characters they may not have otherwise discovered. But with today’s diminished daytime offerings, taking players from a defunct program and overpopulating an existing soap with those characters at the expense of legacy cast members is not the same thing. It was a barely tolerable practice when the showrunners first tried to turn GH into a resurrected OLTL, and I relish the notion even less this second time around.

Addison
Guest
Addison

Well, this Shay person seems to right on point here.

Terri
Guest
Terri

So excited she is a gifted actress very funny to boot!

Breaking News

NATAS Reveals Categories to be Presented at 49th Annual Daytime Emmys and Creative Arts & Lifestyle Ceremonies

On Monday, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced which categories will be presented at the 49th Annual Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle and the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Award ceremonies.  Both award shows will be held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California.

The Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy ceremony will stream live at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT on Saturday, June 18 at watch.TheEmmys.tv and via The Emmys apps for iOS, tvOS, Android, FireTV, and Roku. while The Daytime Emmy Awards telecast will be presented live at 9 PM EDT (replay at 9 PM PDT) on Friday, June 24, on the CBS Television Network and streamed on Paramount+.

Check out the alignment of categories for each show and ceremony below.

The 49th Annual Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy Awards

Saturday, June 18, 2022 

Categories to be awarded:

Outstanding Culinary Series

Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program

Outstanding Lifestyle Program

Outstanding Travel, Adventure and Nature Program

Outstanding Instructional and How-To Program

Outstanding Arts and Popular Culture Program

Outstanding Entertainment News Series

Outstanding Daytime Special

Outstanding Short Form Daytime Program

Outstanding Interactive Media for a Daytime Program

Outstanding Daytime Promotional Announcement

Outstanding Guest Performance in a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Culinary Host

Outstanding Daytime Program Host

Outstanding Writing Team for a Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Directing Team for a Single Camera Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Directing Team for a Multiple Camera Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Music Direction and Composition

Outstanding Original Song

Outstanding Lighting Direction

Outstanding Technical Team, Camera Work, Video

Outstanding Cinematography

Outstanding Single Camera Editing

Outstanding Multiple Camera Editing

Outstanding Live Sound Mixing and Sound Editing

Outstanding Sound Mixing and Sound Editing

Outstanding Main Title and Graphic Design

Outstanding Casting

Outstanding Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design

Outstanding Costume Design/Styling

Outstanding Hairstyling

Outstanding Makeup

Outstanding Special Effects Costumes, Makeup and Hairstyling

Lifetime Achievement Award: This Old House

Photos: ABC, CBS, NBC, JPI

The 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

Friday, June 24, 2022

Categories to be awarded:

Outstanding Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Game Show

Outstanding Informative Talk Show

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actress

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actor

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actress

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actor

Outstanding Younger Performer in a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Game Show Host

Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host

Outstanding Writing Team for a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Directing Team for a Daytime Drama Series

Lifetime Achievement Award: John Aniston

So, what do you think about how NATAS has chosen to give out this year’s gold statuettes?  Looking forward to the ceremonies? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s Nancy Lee Grahn Chats On Her Daytime Emmy-Nominated Performance and Its Significance

When the nominations were revealed for the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, General Hospital mainstay, Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis), was recognized for her stunning work in the Alexis-centric standalone episode which honored her 25th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series.

Grahn, is already a two-time Daytime Emmy winner.  She won back in 1989 in a tie for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work as Julia Wainwright on Santa Barbara along with All My Children’s Debbi Morgan, and again received the honors in that category in 2012 for her work on General Hospital.

Now. she is vying for the gold in 2022 in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category against other formidable actresses including: B&B’s Kimberlin Brown, DAYS Stacy Haiduk, Y&R’s Melissa Ordway, and her GH castmate, Kelly Thiebaud.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Nancy to talk about her decision to enter the Emmy race this year, her powerful and moving scenes, why this nomination is significant and important to her, and her take on some very important social issues of our time.

Always candid, insightful, combined with great humor and wit, here’s what Nancy had to share below, and make sure to check out GH this week when sparks fly between Alexis and Gregory (Gregory Harrison). Will he turn out to be the new beau in Alexis’ life? Stay tuned.

Courtesy/ABC

Congratulations on the Emmy nomination.  How do you feel about being in the running again, especially with the material from your 25th anniversary episode?

NANCY:  You know, I don’t submit myself if I don’t think I have something, and I didn’t last year.  This year, I had the one show, and the first reason I submitted myself was I had the episode that was worthy of the competition. These judges have to sit, and watch this stuff, and very often, it’s hard to watch soap opera scenes.  It really is, unless you’re in it.  It’s a different kind of material that most primetime people aren’t used to watching.  So, it’s tricky business.  I don’t want to put them through anything too awful. I don’t want to torture them and I’ve judged before. It can be a bit tedious. So, for me to submit myself, I thought, it has to be something that isn’t going to torture another human being. The second thing is, older women get marginalized the older they get, and they get diminished very often, and every time we get nominated, it means something different to me.  This time, to me, I want it to somehow be symbolic, or a shoutout to women who are still producing, who have been doing their job for a long time and are still doing it good enough, and that it’s still worthy of respect and recognition.

When we were at the GH Convention back in March, I played the scene on-stage for the fans in attendance of when Alexis goes over to the corner of Kevin’s office and heals her younger self.  You saw the reaction just from the fans.  It’s such a beautiful moment within the story.  What did you think about how the standalone episode was crafted?

NANCY:  It was a different experience for me because GH co-head writers Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor, and script writer, Scott Sickles gave it the attention, but even more to that, they allowed me to participate in the creation of it.  They allowed the director, Phideaux Xavier, to participate.  We all sat in a room.  They said, “You know what?  Make it how you’re comfortable with it.”  There were so many people who gave it time and effort, and Phideaux gets a lot of credit because he came up with a lot of ideas.  So, the little girl in the therapy room wasn’t initially a part of it.  That was Phideaux’s idea, and they let us alter things, and they allowed me to write some words that meant something to me with the character.  Our producers, Michelle Henry and M.K Weir, who I both adore, were also a part of this.

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That is great to hear that you were involved in the collaborative process of the creation of the episode.

NANCY:  We read through the whole script, and we worked it like you would on primetime. We went through it like, “Does this moment work?  Does that moment work?  Does this make sense?  Does that make sense?”  We never do that in soaps.  We don’t get to that.  So, it was a gift to me.  It really was. Chris and Dan, and Scott and Phideaux, and the two producers, generosity in gifting me that experience and making sure that it was to everybody’s liking, was really very special to me, and it meant a lot.

Did you come up with the key lines which summarized Alexis as a person and her journey: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a fighter, and an idealist and an advocate?”

NANCY:  No. They designed it, but we were allowed to enhance and contribute creatively to it, and, we don’t normally have the time to do that.  They don’t have the time to – and you can’t allow people to do that with every episode, to be creatively participating, because it would turn into madness with everybody.

Then, when it came down to choosing the scenes from your anniversary episode to include for your Emmy submission, was that a challenging process of which moments to go with?

NANCY:  I just told a little story with it with the time that I had, and so, I edited it with a friend of mine.  I did a sort of pre-edit on it, I’m good at that, and handed the timeline to our editor, who nicely put it together. It took very little effort.

In my humble opinion, I think that episode featured one of your all-time best performances.

NANCY: Thank you. There was a nice effort from everybody, from the lighting to everybody else, and all the effort Phideaux put into it.  He worked so hard on that!  It was fun for us.  It was like the old days where you really got to work something out.

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It truly harkened back to everything we knew up to that point about Alexis and her past as well, and included a montage of scenes over the years.

NANCY:  I think it was M.K. who put that together, but when you’re working at the pace we’re working now, to have to sit and put together a montage of twenty-five years, that’s not an easy feat.  Nobody has time for that anymore, but they did it, and like I said, it was really, really appreciated.  My only thought with it is that I wanted it to be relatable to other people.  I didn’t want it to just be some, you know, self-indulgent Alexis episode. I knew that by bringing in the little girl and talking about people being hurt in their childhood and how that makes somebody feel that it was probably relatable to many people, and so it became meaningful to other people and not just me.

Do you think you’ll attend the Daytime Emmys? I know the last time you won you were not present.

NANCY:  Yeah, I’m planning on it.  I mean, barring anything happening! (Laughs)

Does it feel nice to be recognized by your peers?

NANCY:  Of course, it does.  It always does, and way too often, women who are still producing well in their jobs, don’t get the respect and the acknowledgment for it.  So, that’s why I’m saying, this is no small thing, and that I want other women to know that I know that, and that I wish for them the same thing.

What was the reaction of your daughter, Kate and your fiancé, Richard, when you told them you were Emmy-nominated?

NANCY:  Richie goes, “What is this?  Your 18th nomination?” (Laughs). You know what I mean?  It was just kind of like, “Yeah, sure, why wouldn’t you be?” It wasn’t like, “Oh, my God!”  It was like they kind of expected that.  That was nice!  I’m glad they feel that way.  I’m glad they weren’t surprised.  They were like, “Sure!  Of course, you would be.  Why wouldn’t you be?”  I said, “You know, it doesn’t always work like that!”

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Now comes the part of having to find a dress and all that goes with it for the red carpet.  Do you enjoy that part?

NANCY:  No, I hate that part.  That is my… oh ‘boohoo’, you know?  I mean, I have to find something to wear.  Also, the older you get, that becomes so much less important, and the more makeup, and the more hair, and the more foofy, the more ridiculous I look. I start looking like Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.  You’ve just got to keep it simple.

You were talking about women and ageism.  Do you not feel that also exists for men?

NANCY:  It exists for men, but it’s not at all on the same par as women.  I mean, men still get paid more than women, and men still are valued more than women.  I mean, there are exceptions, but if you look in any place of employment, even the soaps, you will typically find the men making more money than the women, and the older the women get, the less they get.  Life’s not fair right now.  It’s fairer than it was, but still the equality game is not won yet.

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I know how much all of this means to you in terms of equality for women, and people being run out of their jobs because of their age.

NANCY:  It’s just a reality.  It’s not something that I’m hopeless about, but I have a story to tell.  I’ll tell it when the time is right.  It’s life!  It happens in every field everywhere.  When my mom was 70, she was still producing the exact same way she was producing when she was 30, and she got run out, and was replaced by a man who was 40 or something, and there was no particular reason for it.  It was just, “You’re done.  We decided you’re done,” but like I said, it happens everywhere, in every line of work, and that’s why I just wanted to give a shout-out, when you still, after 36 years, can be recognized or shown respect or acknowledgment for what your do.  It’s a very big deal that I am appreciative of and grateful for.

So, rooting for Nancy to win the Outstanding Supporting Actress prize? Happy she was nominated for her work in the the milestone episode devoted to Alexis? Share your thoughts in the comment section below, and to tune-in to the 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on CBS and streaming on Paramount+ on Friday night, June 24th.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: What’s Up With Elizabeth?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, finally moved the story of the haunting of Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) along a bit, after it has been a very slow build for the audience. As it turns out, and with the new developments, it appears that Liz has been going in and out of a catatonic state, while sleeping walking.

With a tip from Violet (Jophielle Love), Finn (Michael Easton), who is chatting with Gregory (Gregory Harrison), recalls Liz was having trouble sleeping and was that she given a sleeping aid. He thinks he may be on to something so he decides to go to Liz’s house to talk to her.

Meanwhile, Liz comes to her house and tears Finn and Violet out of the picture that Violet drew, and then gets a scissors and starts cutting pieces off of the drawing, bit by bit.

Cameron (William Lipton) comes home and see his mother.  She does not respond to him and appears in a trance-like state. He is getting more upset by the moment, and then Finn arrives on the scene.

Finn is able to get the scissors from Liz, and also get her to snap out of her trance.  Liz talks with Finn and wonders what is happening? She doesn’t even remember how she got home.  When Cameron fills Liz in on what she was doing … cutting up the drawing and all … Finn tells Liz he believes she is the one who is haunting herself.

In tears, if what Finn is claiming is true, then it is she who is responsible for slashing her dress, setting fire to Franco’s studio, and hitting Chase over the head.  In that moment, a teary-eyed Liz recognizes that something is terribly wrong, saying, “What’s happening to me?”

Finn promises Liz they will get to the bottom of this as Cameron looks on.

So, what is happening to Liz and why? Is this just a case of another sleeping pill storyline on soaps, where someone does not recall their actions or where they are going in the middle of the night a la Nighttime Hope on DAYS? Is someone controlling Liz to make her do these things?  Is something else physically wrong with Liz causing her behavior? Share your thoughts on this storyline … and where you think this is all heading via the comment section below.

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