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How GH Has Survived While ABC Puts On Dismal Lead-Ins & Replacements for OLTL!

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There is a great piece out from Roger Friedman of Showbiz 411 who has been on the side of  soap viewers of the ABC Daytime line-up.  In his item, Friedman points out how GH is performing far better than Good Afternoon America, the new daytime summer replacement series for the failed reality/makeover show The Revolution, which took the place of One Life to Live and was thus a horrendous lead-in for General Hospital, which deserved much better!

The excerpts below should put a smile on  soapers faces, while they continue to be frustrated over ABC’s original decision to cancel One Life to Live with thrown-together programming that in the end, won’t resonate with the viewers that they have alienated.

Showbiz 411:  “General Hospital almost got the axe this summer. It was saved by the failure of ABC’s godawful The Revolution, which involved watching people iron, sew and cook after an hour of watching them only cook on the just-as-bad The Chew.  These dregs of reality replaced All My Children which had been hobbled, and One Life to Live, which was booming. The executioner, Brian Frons, was himself given the axe, not a lot of consolation for fans of what used to be called ABC Daytime.  GH has sort of merged with One Life and it’s booming by comparison with the reality shows.

Despite ABC’s attempts to kill it, GH had 2,277,000 viewers last week. The key demos had 558,000 women 18-49. The fact is, if ABC had just put some money and real talent into the soaps, they wouldn’t now be in this weird whirlpool of ratings anxiety.  If Katie Couric is smart, she’ll bring on every cast member of  GH over the first week just to win over their viewers. It’s like inviting the neighbors when you know you’re having a big noisy party. But something tells me that won’t happen. And if  Katie fails, ABC should just re-start  One Life and admit their mistake.”

So now that you have read Friedman’s pretty dead-on comments, weigh-in!

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Barb Harnedy
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Barb Harnedy

I’m glad someone else realizes what a train wreck occurred due to the cancellation of OLTL and AMC. The fact that GH has survived is only due to it’s amazing cast of actors!! The ABC network has yet to even congratulate GH during the primetime hours for winning the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Daytime Drama. That might actuallhy bring some additional fans back to the show!! Actually GH won 10 Emmys, and I have not seen even ONE primetime “Congrats to GH”…unlike NBC who is praising Days of our Lives in primetime for their 2 Emmys. Somebody at ABC… Read more »

Judith Sekscenski
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Judith Sekscenski

Well said Barb. I totally agree! They should run promos in primetime capitalizing on GH’s emmy wins, AND, we do need to continue to support GH till the bitter end! Some OLTL fans are not happy with GH, however, it is more likely that GH will remain on air as opposed to the likliehood of bringing OLTL back to life. As much as I would LOVE to see new episodes of OLTL, I think ABC would # 1 never admit their mistake and #2 based on #1, use the reasoning that they could not bring back OLTL due to actors’… Read more »

susan M.
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susan M.

I would like to know the same thing…That comment F.V. made recently about seeing our beloved cancelled soaps again!!!!!!!!!!!! Does anyone know if this comment holds up ????????????????????I read it a while ago..What is up with this?????????????? Or is this just all talk…Nothing definite ???

Kit
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Kit

ABC did not sell the rights to AMC and OLTL to Prospect Park. It did, however, lease the rights for a particular period of time. If Prospect Park doesn’t do anything with the shows by the time the lease is up, rights revert back to different parties.

susan M.
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susan M.

I am always praising OLTl & GH.. I do not praise talk shows of any kind or cooking shows….Hope the mystery is solved (heather)…LOYAL SOAP FAN FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Heather
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Heather

If Prospect Park doesn’t do anything, the rights won’t revert back to different parties. The rights will just stay in ABC’s library until another company license them from ABC. I personally don’t think that OLTL will ever come back. The actors have moved on and found jobs elsewhere. Except maybe for Vicki, I don’t think the actors would accept to return to the show at this point. I’m getting tired of reading weeks after weeks people claiming that OLTL should come back when we all know this isn’t going to happen. I wish people like Roger Friedman would stop bringing… Read more »

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

Heather said:

I’m getting tired of reading weeks after weeks people claiming that OLTL should come back when we all know this isn’t going to happen.

1lovesays:

Agreed. People need to move on from it. Talk about somthing else, AND if they can’t, THEN ” do “something about it. Call a news conference, stage a march, but STOP this OLTL should come back, is coming back talk. ” Move on folks ” and I quote Blake or Scott back in February, one of them said it exact.

Soap Lover
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Soap Lover

I think rather than trying to police people (ie., stopping people from expressing their opinions that OLTL should come back), perhaps these fans should step back for a few moments and think what it would be like it it were their beloved soap that was cancelled instead. I’m really having a hard time with the lack of mutual respect amongst soapers. I have found that for whatever reason, this seems to be especially true of some GH fans. It is hard to go out on Facebook and Twitter, and see the same posters posting the same negative remarks regarding their… Read more »

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
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barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

Heather, this one life to live fan does not watch the talk or any other crappy show that comes on where the soaps use to be on any of the networks that cancelled them. What should us One life to live fans do? pick up our Marbles and go home never to be heard on this sight again? Ron and Frank are trying to save General hospital and I know that every One life to live move they make is getting the ok and blessing by abc. I would love to see Dr.david Hayward pop up in Port charles in… Read more »

Heather
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Heather

barbara t, Look just below, you will see that Judith Sekscenski and Susan M are praising The Talk. I see everyday OLTL fans praising The Talk. Even if it’s the not the majority of OTLT fans who does it, it’s still way too many. Like you, I never watched ATWT. But ATWT was my sister’s favorite soap. Even to this day she’s having a hard time believing that’s it’s gone even if it’s been almost two years now. I find it ironic and ignorant that some OLTL fans are applauding The Talk. As for the “OLTL vs GH” thing, all… Read more »

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
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barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

Your right about that, no one who is a true soap fan should tune in to any show that took the place of a soap whether they watch or not, But I know that when Laura wright showed up on the chew several people here watched just to see her and I thought that was a terrible mistake. the One life to live fans speak up more then the atwt fans do and they should speak up more then they do, I think that 1loveabcsoaps use to care about one life to live, what changed I don’t know but to… Read more »

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

Heather replied July 15th, 2012 at 10:37 pm Soap Lover, I think what 1loveabcsoaps is trying is say is that it isn’t fair that OLTL fans gets to have their characters on GH when AMC fans doesn’t. As for the “hurtfully and utterly disrespectful” part, OLTL fans hurt ATWT fans everyday by praising The Talk on CBS. So the little comment made by 1loveabcsoaps is hardly hurtful or disrespectful. Heather & Soap Lover: Heather, Thank you for trying to clear up what I was actually, saying. First, Heather, you and everyone on here famiiliar with my post, know that I… Read more »

susan M.
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susan M.

Well I always liked OLTL better from the other two soaps on abc…..OLTL was special!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Heart-warming, emotional, exciting,you identified with the actors & actresses..Especially Viki(#1) ,Nora, Bo,Clint,Roxie,Nigel,miss Asa,Rex, GiGi, etc…………………………….OLTL kept my interest alway’s… This was and still is my favorite soap of all time!!!!!!!!!! Liked everything about OLTL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now I am getting back into GH ..This better stay on and get renewed for more than just one year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Otherwise I will not be watching daytime programming no more…I just watch it at 3:00pm now & that’s it…

susan M.
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susan M.

I am not praising The Talk by no means..I never watch it & never will.. This is for Heather on 7/16 at 12:09pm….If anything I am got that from..praising OLTL…I see nothing wrong with OLTL characters on Gh..It doesn’t bother me in the least…OLTL ending left a lot of loose strings for me…THIS SOAP FAN ISN”T PRAISING ‘THE TALK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!””” That statement simply isn’t true …I don’t praise THE TALK And never Will…I don’t know where you read that…I am a loyal soap fan threw & threw !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope this is all cleared up now Heather…..

susan M.
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susan M.

Whatever actors are left. I am sure they would come back to OLTL…If it came back..Which I don’t think so either…

susan M.
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susan M.

My comment was that GMA & The View are benedick arnolds…And that I don’t watch them ever..I don’t see any mention of The Talk which I never watch either…Because I am a loyal soap fan and always have been okay…..

Greg
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Greg

Let me be clear…I WILL NEVER WATCH KATIE COURIC…under ANY circumstances. I will settle for nothing less than OLTL back where it belongs..AMC has been unrecognizable for years but OLTL was actually enjoyable again. Come back to your senses and do the right thing ABC…how many ways do we have to tell you?? WE WANT OUR SOAPS BACK!!

Christine
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Christine

Hey! I just read this a few days ago and thought he was spot on … except for the last bit about Katie. I don’t want soaps anywhere near her because it would be just a ratings ploy and we do not need ANOTHER talk show. Nothing against Katie Couric, per say, but I am hoping her talk show will die a fiery death like the ones before her. We just do not need that garbage.

Judith Sekscenski
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Judith Sekscenski

The Talk on CBS actually did a nice job of promoting GH’s emmy wins by having a show almost exclusively dedicated to the soaps. In addition to having actors from the CBS soaps, they had actors from GH as guests and talked about the show, as well. NICELY DONE! Go figure, a CBS talk show spotlights GH and we see and hear nothing of it on GMA or The View.

susan M.
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susan M.

They should tranfer our beloved soaps to CBS ………..ABC doesn’t appreciate all the sucess the soaps brought them all those years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GMA & The view are Bendick Arnold’s…………………..Stop watching GMA & The View…I don’t watch them….

Soap Lover
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Soap Lover

While it’s kind of nice that “The Talk” promoted GH’s emmy wins, it’s quite ironic in that that show replaced a long running soap! It is also mentioned that they should transfer our soaps to CBS and to stop watching GMA & The View. Um, Hello, do any of you realize just how hurtful this is to the ATWT fans who lost THEIR soap for you to be boasting about “The Talk”? Ask yourself seriously, how would you feel if the ATWT fans started watching AND boasting about “The Chew” or “Good Afternoon America”? Do you realize that there are… Read more »

rose
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rose

I thought GH always used to have an announcement of their emmy winners on the show after the awards were given out. Did I miss it, because I don’t recall seeing anything this year?

Rod
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Rod

I agree with Christine. It would be a ratings ploy. I will not watch her show no matter what!! Even if GHers are on there. I think Katie only tried to speak highly if GH to save it to help out only herself after the first year she won’t care if it’s going great. Not to mention Katie has a voice like fingers on a chalk board. I liked everything this guy said too other than that

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
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barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

I Agree, Katies show has to go.

lipstickcat
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lipstickcat

Her show has to fail just like The Revolution did! If The Chew had failed, maybe they would’ve thought twice before cancelling OLTL! But no, stupid people had to watch it & give ABC the idea they could replace the soaps with any old junk & we will watch it! WRONG!

susan M.
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susan M.

Definetely!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Katie has to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

susan M.
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susan M.

I AGREE with Christine………..

barbara t. Loves one life to live
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barbara t. Loves one life to live

Good for you Susan m, I knew you didn’t watch those nasty talk shows.

Joe
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Joe

Seriously? Like we all didn’t know this already?? These crappy “shows” were doomed from the start. Katie will be gone too. When will these so called people in charge wake up and realize that as much as the face of TV has changed in the last 2 decades, certain things should not be messed with. SOAPS should NOT have been messed with. THE SOAP FANS should never EVER have been messed with. Meanwhile, 100’s of people are out of work and ABC saved what in money? Advertisers RAN from the REVULTION…..Penny wise and pound foolish.

Judith Sekscenski
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Judith Sekscenski

If “Katie” bombs, maybe, just maybe, the network will admit their mistake and bring back OLTL. They can still continue to do crossovers between OLTL and GH.

susan M.
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susan M.

I want OLTL back with as many of the characters to resume their roles….

Heather
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Heather

Even if Katie fails, ABC won’t be able to bring back OLTL because the timeslot where Katie airs will no longer be a ABC timeslot. It will be a syndicated timeslot. Affiliates will never give back that timeslot to ABC.

kay/kay
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kay/kay

This is a question for Susan M or Barbara T since both of you are such loyal fans of OLTL, they should have put you both on the payroll. The question is did it ever cross your minds that the end shot with Trevor St. John was a cut in of him when he was being held by Margaret Cochran, I mean Allison just turned and looked at the bed when I saw it it appeared as a cut in that TSJ never returned to film that little snippet it was an old one. What do you two think am… Read more »

Nancy
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Nancy

I cannot express to you how tired I am of the stupidity of ABC. Everyone is talking about them and how they royally screwed up. The problem is they are in major denial, enough to make them need group psychiatry meetings. If they would admit to people that they made a huge mistake, maybe they might get some viewers back. They will never admit anything and are trying to pacify us with “primetime soaps”. Will never watch ABC again except GH which by the way is their only good show. Now if they would sell the rights to our beloved… Read more »

MemphisBelle
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MemphisBelle

OLTL is the only soap I never watched regularly – I watched for a few months until Cord and Tina reunited….after that is was dreck. GH is the only soap that I would actually watch within an hour of taping it. I love my PC mob – Sonny is a top 5 fave! Maurice is one of the finest actors on daytime or nighttime. I love him with Carly – their chemistry is off the charts. Can’t wait for Sam and Jason to find their baby alive and reunite. PTB, please let Jason solve the puzzle and return their baby… Read more »

sheri
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sheri

i couldn’t disagree with your comments more. before the sudden cancellation of oltl(which on abc lineup was the highest rated and best of the three) gh was totally UNWATCHABLE. It became the SONNY CORINTHOS AND MOB HOUR! I like maurice bernard he is a fine actor but he cant hold a whole show.I don’t watch soaps to see one subject beaten to death like gh did with the mob and sonny.I hate jason he is a HORRIBLE actor wish they would rid gh of him. as for the oltl people i say bring on MORE. GH is a JOY to… Read more »

Rory LaRoux
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Rory LaRoux

Actually, this IS the old GH. I’m too young to remember Heather, but after hearing so much about her, I looked her up on Youtube and she was a very popular bad girl between the late 70s to the early 80s. I do remember Anna. Anna was a major character in the mid to late 80s and she was a super spy. Actress Finola Hughes was on the cover of every soap mag (at the time there were about 6 in publication). Anyhow, it is popular opinion that the ”GH mob” is the NEW GH and the ratings spoke volumes… Read more »

sheri
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sheri

if not for oltl people being sent over to gh gh would have been murdered as in off the air this past april. The ONLY thing that gave it a reprieve is the inclusion of oltl cast members and executive producers and writers agreeing to come on board. i don’t consider gh being murdered i think it was REVIVED. It was a dead horse and the ONLY reason it was not canceled by abc and oltl was was because gh has the name and is filmed in California. as far as ratings go oltl outnumbered gh in the ratings all… Read more »

brian
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brian

Yes, i would agree. I left GH around 1999, the use of Heather certainly brings back lots of great stories of GH’s past.

It was the losing of OLTL that brought me back to GH, and glad to see Ron C. using GH’s rich history by bring back “Heather”, and hopefully more historic GH to yet to come.

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

No One Life to Live Fans DONOT deserve a slice of their show….. no sireeee..!! No, OLTL fans DONOT DESERVE……(key word) DESERVE a slice of GH. OLTL had ” it’s moment in time” as I have said ‘many times’ on this site. And General Hospital STILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL has theirs… Meaning One Life to Live don’t deserve….. ANYTHING that has to do with GH. If thats the case, All My Children has DESERVES some of the action too, AND if thats the case, may as well put General Hospital out of work. Shame of ABC for showing favoritism to OLTL as not… Read more »

Soap Lover
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Soap Lover

1loveabcsoaps, it is folks like you that turn away tons of fans of other soaps from watching “your” General Hospital. Your sense of entitlement is, in my opinion, disgusting. WHEN GH eventually gets cancelled, I hope you remember YOUR words out here and how hurtfully and utterly disrespectful you are being of fellow soap fans who are fighting for YOUR GH and the soap genre as a whole. May as well put General Hospital out of work??? Are you kidding me??? How can you be so selfish???? Hundreds would lose their job, but no, it’s all about making you happy… Read more »

Heather
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Heather

Soap Lover, I think what 1loveabcsoaps is trying is say is that it isn’t fair that OLTL fans gets to have their characters on GH when AMC fans doesn’t. Whether it’s AMC or OLTL, the bottom line is that these characters don’t really belong on GH. This isn’t fair for the GH fans that never watched either of the two cancelled shows.

As for the “hurtfully and utterly disrespectful” part, OLTL fans hurt ATWT fans everyday by praising The Talk on CBS. So the little comment made by 1loveabcsoaps is hardly hurtful or disrespectful.

Soap Lover
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Soap Lover

It wasn’t the “little” comment made; it was the entire reply and the attitude in which it was delivered. Look, I have no problem with a few AMC characters coming to GH IF it helps add to the show and bring the ratings up. Like it or not, the numbers have shown that since FV and RC along with ME, RH, & KA coming over to GH, ratings have either remained steady or improved. While it will always be impossible to please everyone, based on what others have expressed about GH since that occured, the majority of GH fans are… Read more »

Joan Faist
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Joan Faist

Daytime soaps used to be the backbone of TV but that was when the ones in charge cared about true story telling. Some of these Soaps lasted over 50 plus years because their core audience was extremely loyal. Who is going to really care about some cooking show or talk show for fifty years. NO ONE. W

susan M.
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susan M.

NO ONE will care about those shows or even remember their names..They will not be memorable ..The soap opera’s are MEMORABLE..I still remember them from years ago when watching them with my mom….I could remember what the stories were about…I will never remember those crap shows..I soaps are very dear to me….I never get tired of watching them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I I want the OLTL crew BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nothing else but THE SOAPS FOR ME !! And nothing else will do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just OUR BELOVED STORIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

shan
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shan

For the first time in a long time someone is looking at the the long term big picture

Linda
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Linda

What is it going to take for ABC to realize they made a huge mistake? The only way they will get the daytime viewers back is to bring back AMC and OLTL! The next step would be to fire Anne Sweeney. Afteral she approved the cancellation of our soaps.

Herron
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Herron

From about 6am til 8pm there is nothing on abc except news and talk. There is one hour of gh . People have shown they want entertainment as well as depressing news. If we don’t get it from abc we will get it somewhere else. Bring back oltl and take those writers with them!

Debi
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Debi

How about bringing OLTL to GH and expanding it??
I realize that alot of the characters live in NYC, but they can fly out once a month for pre taping. Just and idea.

Tali Smith
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Tali Smith

I agree with Debi on this one and believe this would bring in more viewers providing they quit destroying the integrity of OLTL characters. All those that have moved to the West coast hunting for work could be used as those still living on the East coast as they want. Some OLTL viewers such as myself are getting ready to call it quits because of the characters being killed off or changed so drastically. They’re using OLTL story lines why not the actors/actresses!!!

Christy
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Christy

been saying it for a while – kill the katie show and expand GH to a ABC soap hybrid-2hrs and have it be all three soaps, characters crossing over frequently, for business reasons or visiting or whatever. The more crossovers the better so we end up being ABC soap fans rather than just one show vs the other. They could use the sets at GH, or add to them – if they used the same studios for all three they’d save a lot of money vs. sets on both coasts. the characters on GH now are all my soap characters… Read more »

Jason
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Jason

Don’t have to worry about Katie’s newshow appearing on my ABC network. Its coming on my local CBS. Still not going to watch it though. Just glad I won’t have to see it at all.

Mary Fergen
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Mary Fergen

It is only thanks to the talented actors and production team at GH, and the loyal soap fans, that GH is doing as well as it is. I am continually stunned at ABC/D’s stupidity and greed for not admitting the mistake of cancelling AMC and OLTL. How can it be good business to ignore the outrage of the very viewers they are trying to win back? So unbelievably dumb!

NEAL ADKINS
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NEAL ADKINS

OLTL is and was ans always will be the only soap. I hate GH, and never cared for AMC simply because i cannot stand Susan Luci. Her acting is pathetic and plastic. No soap veteran past or present or future will ever hold a candle to Erika Slezak. The woman could act her way out of anything. She i brilliant and smart and just great to watch. I love her to death. OLTL was the best soap ever, all the characters were great. I miss and love you always OLTL

Anthony R
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Anthony R

Ditto. There has got to be some way to get OLTL back on the air … even if it has to pass through GH.

Rita E. Henderson
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Rita E. Henderson

Merge the strongest characters from AMC and the remaining core characters of OLTL in one show before GH. Don’t move the OLTL current characters from GH because they are helping the ratings. That way everyone is happy and only power players with better writing are involved. Erica and Vicki and Dorian could make great viewing material with the right set of writers.

Tali Smith
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Tali Smith

Hell No – John McBain and Todd were main stays @ OLTL. One of the reasons OLTL was the higher rated soap!

MEARY ROSE
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MEARY ROSE

gh does well because Sonny gets less time and Todd & Starr AND John from oltl are on it!!

Jane
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Jane

Ive commented so many times but I will always love OLTL. ABC made a fatal error when they started messing with the soaps. They were warned repeatedly but did not care what the fans thought. Well we will not be TRAINED to like the crap you throw at us. I will watch NOTHING in the OLTL time slot. ABCD, you deserve everything you are getting.

Ricky
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Ricky

I won’t watch Katie, supporting her show is the same as supporting any other show that would replace AMC and OLTL. ABC – YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR ! LO BARATO SALE CARO – THE CHEAP COMES OUT EXPENSIVE ! Admit you made a terrible blunder and restore AMC and OLTL and regain your ABC DAYTIME leadership and fans. We won’t watch the Garbage you are putting on and will and have changed the channel. Cancel the CHEW, Cancel Good Afternoon Crapper and Cancel Katie !!! Bring Back AMC and OLTL and put GH back to 3pm. If anything… Read more »

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
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barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

You won’t catch me watching that crappy Katie show either, we have to boycott her dumb show to because she is taking over general hospitals spot even though gh was saved, I want the soaps back, I want one life to live on at 2 O’clock right where it belongs and if it means never watching abc again except for general hospital so be it. And I agree they are Morons and I hope every show they have on daytime and Prime time sinks in the ratings.

JustSaying
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JustSaying

There’s no going back to OLTL. It would have been possible if Prospect Park was serious about continuing the show. But now that it’s been off the air for awhile, most of the actors have moved on to other projects.

Christy
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Christy

but not in my house! Thank goodness I kept all those taped soaps over the years! I can get a little OLTL fix whenver I please – plus there’s much more on the net. Even have Roger Howarth’s venture on the shortlived ABC primetime show Prey.

JustSaying
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JustSaying

Damn, you’re lucky.

Jared
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Jared

I am hoping that Katie’s show fails and that abcd comes to its senses and reboots ONE LIFE TO LIVE. I’m not a fan of just any soap. I think that some of the recently cancelled soaps needed to go, but OLTL was not one of them. The show was experiencing a renaissance, in spite of a shrinking budget, and it was cut short way too soon. Long live ONE LIFE TO LIVE.

Theresa
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Theresa

Surely ABCD isn’t totally deaf..they gotta know how the soap fans feel and how we are impacting the ratings! Why don’t they just fess up??
OLTL was the best and have always also watched GH..I will not be watching and haven’t watched the Chew or GAA or Katie. Give us our soaps back ABCD or keep praying the price..listen up advertisers..that means you also.

Edna Barefoot
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Edna Barefoot

I want OLTL back on the air & will settle for nothing less. It doesn’t matter who Katie has on her show I will not watch ABC except GH. ABC execs. need to just accept that the soap fans will not accept crap in place of our shows. Soaps are family & we fight for them just like our families. Why can’t the execs. act like grown ups & just admit their mistakes & fix it. Boycott remains. Thank you Michael for fighting for us.

dw mckim
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dw mckim

Excellent article, but i’ve gotta say, it wouldn’t actually matter if Katie had soap stars on her show every day or engaged in a mass publicity campaign rivaling that of a Presidential candidate saying how much she loves the show and wants GH as her lead-in. Fans aren’t blind to the fact that she’s just the latest soap-replacement show (even with the shell-game switch of timeslots, we still can see that she’s still hogging the hour that rightfully belongs to OLTL) and we will not watch her show no matter what “soap-friendly” gestures she were to attempt. Also in regards… Read more »

Brenda Hawkins
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Brenda Hawkins

I like both Josh & Lara, but I’m afraid that afternoon gig, so similar to the other shows will not be good for their careers. Too much of the same drizzle. I know I don’t like them or Katie well enough to tape their shows, like I taped AMC for decades.
Bring back AMC & OTL!!!

Tina Gray
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Tina Gray

I don’t care if Katie has the stars of all three shows on her show. I’M NOT WATCHING IT! I’m not watching The Spew. Didn’t watch The Revolting. Not watching Good Morning, Afternoon or Night America. 1:00 All My Children, 2:00 One Life to Live, 3:00 General Hospital!!!!!!!! Give me back my soaps! Do you get it yet, Disney?

Tom
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Tom

While I am all for anybody who is interested in having a job, and taking advantage of any opportunity to provide for yourself and others, I kindof, sortof, seriously doubt that many of our honest working class stiffs would want to sacrifice 40+ years of entertainment, enlightenment, and employment, for the sake of some low rated reality tv shows, talk shows that last 6 months, cooking/design shows with hosts who blatantly have no respect for the audience, the people they talk down on (who can very easily sue them for their terminal stupidity), or for the working class stiffs who… Read more »

Carol Painter
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Carol Painter

I want Katie Couric to Go away,..The Chew, The Revolution, All of this NONSENSE!! I want OLTL back, I want AMC Back, and for everything to go back to the way it was. I don’t even care if Disney admits it’s Mistake (AND IT WAS A HUGE ONE) I just want All Back To Normal. The way it’s been for 40 years, and the way it should stay for another 40 PLUS years. PUT MY SHOWS BACK!!!!!
and we’ll just forget about 2011. we’ll just move forward. !

Shannon
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Shannon

I totally agree. You said everything we are feeling. Bring back our soaps and make it right.

Baltimoresoapfan
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Baltimoresoapfan

@Carol, They will not cancel Katie Couric because she is part of the liberal establishment. GH will be canned I hate to say this but I have a gut feeling that it will happen within 6-8 months tops.

Christy
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Christy

I wish I could find some ABC memo that mentions all our angst and ‘oops did we ever goof’… probably never gonna see it tho

maybe the only way we can be heard for our wishes is to write to the people that pay ABC’s bills — the advertisers. P&G has been the standard advertiser (proctor & gamble) be nice if they could buy the rights and put it on for us!

Heather
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Heather

Finally someone else who knows what a huge mistake ABC made. Maybe they should pay attention to what the people want and not what they think we want.

Angie U
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Angie U

His article was right on the money, that is the money ABC is losing because they had no respect for loyal fans of 40+ years. You can’t put a price on loyalty. Cheap knockoff reality tv is not what fans want. It is a bad joke the shows ABC has put on Spew, Revulsion Good afternoon Asshats, Now Katie Who. Wake up ABC & realize soaps are what we want. We will just watch them on CBS & NBC if you don’t have them. GH is on fire & love OLTL characters, writer & producer. They are doing a great… Read more »

Ann
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Ann

I think reality tv is dying. There is so much of it and most of it is terrible. I just started watching the new night time soap Dallas and its great. I hear that show Revenge did really well in ratings too. What does that say? The network heads should realize that people want to see real actors act not a bunch of reality tv idiots. There are way too many self help shows and talk shows on right now. It’s one right after another all talking and doing the same thing! Enough already. I have been watching GH for… Read more »

Vanessa
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Vanessa

I agree with most of the comments made here. Especially about how ABC made a huge mistake in letting go AMC and OLTL. I wasn’t a real fan of AMC but I respect the fact that a lot of people were. I also quit watching GH years ago because it was all about the mob. If that was all I wanted to see, I would just read a newspaper. OLTL was really cooking when it was dropped and if GH’s contract had expired first, it would have been the one to go because its ratings were lower. I think all… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

I wonder if ABC/D hears comments as these??
I doubt the executives read boards/sites as this..
How does ABC/D get informed and in touch with soap fans thoughts.( wonder)

Baltimoresoapfan
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Baltimoresoapfan

I have started to watch GH when the Mannings,and John McBain crossed over. I have watched the crossover with an openmind but for some reason it did not gel well with me. OLTL should have never been cancelled. The soap had a lot of loose ends that need to be addressed (McBain/Natalie & baby Liam, Vicki/Clint getting remarried, Jessica finally knows Clint is her real biological father) I watch GH on occassion if I am not busy with taking my mom to her doctor’s appointments or doing her household choirs. I cannot say that I am a huge GH fan… Read more »

Patti
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Patti

Abc needs to be SMART again And BRING BACK AMC AND OLTL Than Watch The RATING GO RIGHT BACK TO THE TOP !!!

susan
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susan

We want our soaps back, I won’t watch Katie and I have boycotted ABC since they canceled our soaps except GH

Susan R.
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Susan R.

Me too! ABC is not allowed on any TV in my house except for GH!!!

Tammy Grzenia
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Tammy Grzenia

what is left to say the replacement shows are crap .abc dont care about there morning line up .they only care about there prime time .abc could care less about there viewers .abc not even trying to make this right.they continue to loose money and viewers .after all these fail shows. you would think somebody over there would wake up already.

mrswillieg
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mrswillieg

I have always been a fan of abc soaps, GH and OLTL have always been my fav. but i also noticed besides this year we werent doing as well as the other networks. I miss OLTL and AMC but times do change and im grateful that we can see some of the characters on GH. i agree that abc will never admit they were wrong and bring the soaps back so the only thing i could hope for is abc combines the three soaps together some how and do it with taste and respect. I know alot of OLTL fans… Read more »

metejt
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metejt

I agree with almost all the comments made except the part about bringing on all the GH cast to Katie’s new show. I love GH but still won’t be tuning in to view Katie, even to see the wonderfully talented cast of GH. I don’t know who is calling the shots at ABC/D but they are morons and still apparently haven’t gotten the hint or just don’t care if they run the network into the ground. I’m still hoping some other network has the foresight to pick up the cancelled shows, buy GH from ABC and they can go on… Read more »

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
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barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

There is no way I will watch that katie show, I don’t care who from general hospital goes on, Now if katie announces that abc has had a change of heart and will bring back One life to live and All my children I will watch for that day, But will never again tune in, I can’t stand that woman.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

katie could bring on the entire casts from AMC, OLTL, & GH and I still wouldn’t watch. I am so sick of ABCD, the treatment of their fans and their devoted soap talent. I will never support them with the exception of GH. I won’t even watch local programming on my affiliate and I let them know it.

Duhuh
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Duhuh

Guys, even if OLTL was revived, it will never be the same. Firstly, you definitely wont have Starr cause of her 3 yr contract on GH. John and Todd are also on contract but Idk for how long. Then all the actors who moved to LA. Bo retired. Nora may still be on B&B. And even if you film the revived OLTL in LA, then what about the actors in NY and Jersey?

You might as well start a new soap if Katie fails.

Mary Lou
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Mary Lou

Right on! GH survives because it is very, very good. If ABC had any sense, and/or cared what their viewers wanted, they would bring back AMC & OLTL. The viewers want our soaps. We will not have cheap “replacements” shoved down our throats.

Linda
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Linda

my fear is that abc will not admit its mistake and return One Life to Live to its rightful place. the daytime fans are the lowest on the abc rung.

angela
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angela

It’s nice to see that there are others who feel as we do. But abc will never put oltl back on the air. That would mean they’ve admitted the huge mistake they made. Don’t get me wrong I would love nothing more then to have oltl back I still miss it terribly but I really don’t see it happening.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I am loving GH, especially with the additions of the OLTL characters. Prospect Park’s leased rights to AMC end in September and OLTL in January. So after that, maybe they will add more characters to GH, start a new/blended soap, or at the VERY LEAST do a movie special and give AMC & OLTL and their fans a proper ending to their shows. I always thought at a minimum, they could do a primetime movie special or two for the cancelled soaps. I think they would be a ratings hit! And I agree with the above posters, I can’t believe… Read more »

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I’d like to add, please let ABC and your local affiliates know you love, support and watch GH. Use social media, email, website customer comments feedback, letters and phone calls. The time to act is BEFORE your show is cancelled. Please add you will not watch or support their lame replacement crap, er…I mean shows. Keep it classy! Thanks.

Cindy C
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Cindy C

I have watched GH for 48 years and I think today’s shows are great love what they are doing with the shows.Now for the cold hearted fact I LOVE OLTL MORE sooooo mis OLTL.I want it back but glad to see some of it on GH Thanks MF

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
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barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

No, you didn’t watch good afternoon america one day and found it to be boring, Because I would never watch that crap or write this.

Rodd
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Rodd

Bring all the GH’ers you want over to Katie’s show the first week or every week. It will never win me over.

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

Hey Barbara t, Happy Summer! Let me say this, I am SURE Anne Sweeney has woke up and paid attention, BUT she will not bring back AMC or OLTL. It just cost TOO much to produce at this point, and……she feels ” we ” the audience are clearly getting pass their absense. There are no protest being staged or news conferences ANYWHERE…! On a brighter note, I just reviewed your post above and I am proud to say that NO, not one coma incorrectly placed. Congradulations. Unfortunately for me, I can no longer identify your mail when I log in… Read more »

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
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barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

Seriously, you want me to tell you what happened at the emmys? I will After you answer my question, Where the hell have you been? And why did you come back to tell everyone here who cares about One life to live (Like you use to) To stop talking about it? You sure made a entrance, What do you mean we one life to live fans don’t DESERVE a slice of General hospital, WHY? Come on 1loveabcsoaps what is really going on? Did you stop sending soap bars to abc? Did you slip on a bar of soap? Or are… Read more »

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

Barbara t said: Seriously, you want me to tell you what happened at the emmys? I will After you answer my question, Where the hell have you been? 1lovesays: I have been overwhelmed and very busy, with ALLOT of stuff. I haven’t gotten an email from you as (you use to ) to check in with me when U haven’t heard anything. I didn’t come back to tell everyone stop talking about it. But seriously Barbara, how much can folk on here keep talking about the same subject, ‘ Come back Onelifetolive”. I say, DO something about it, NOT just… Read more »

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
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barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

I have sent you several e mails asking where you have been. You never answered them. And I have said it before and I will say it again, I like Dr. David Hayward, I agree with you, and I would love to see him on General hospital, What I don’t like is you saying the one life to live fans are not deserving, Remember me? I love One life to live and I won’t stop wanting it back. Anyway this is ridiculous where have you been? And why don’t you stop disappearing for long periods of time ? good grief… Read more »

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

I told you Barbara (*well the site) how Susan Lucci is. The thing is, I like Susan Lucci, in fact I love Susan Lucci, but that doesn’t STOP ME from speaking the truth about her persona, OR what I feel is my perception of her being ‘ one in the same’ with Erica Kane. That’s the thing about me, people either will love or dislike me for the truth, BUT usually at some time or another, they come around as seeing that I’m not being unfair, BUT IN FACT, I am being fair, and objective about a person, or particular… Read more »

Vanessa
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Vanessa

I am sitting here laughing to myself because the OLTL fans and the GH fans sound like the Hatfields and McCoys. We all hav our own likes and dislikes but we need to do is respect each others opinions and instead of fighting against each other, we all should get together and fight ABC. The only shows I watch on ABC is GH and my local news. I hear bits and peaces of rating battles but I haven’t heard exactly where ABC is in Daytime as well as Prime Time. ABC never advertises GH during Daytime programing as well as… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

The dregs of Reality Shows.
The hobbled Talk Shows.
Entertainment Shows…. dumbing down…. star interviews/cooking/blah, blah, blah.

Oye. no comment…. nothing… will replace… Serials. Period.

I appreciate good press… for Soap Operas. They Exist. have, from the start of television… it’s an art form… A staple for millions more than, the Nielsons account for.

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
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barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

SOAP LOVER, wherever you are, I agree with all 3 of your posts, I can’t believe the General Hospital fans and the garbage they bring up downing anyone who cares for and wants to see One life to live come back or show up in POrt Charles, I have been a fan of both soaps One life to live being my favorite. There is nothing wrong with the crossovers from landview. Your right when you said it is the gh fans who have some serious problems and they are the most negative and nasty at times, Would love to know… Read more »

Wanda
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Wanda

I love amc and oltl please bring then back soon.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

ABC pullled off a New Coke debacle for sure, and like 25 years ago, we can choose not to sample the new brew of CH-ew!, REVOL-ew!-TION, and GOOD AFTERN-ew!-N AMERCIA. I know it is diffcult to welcome new characters but GENERAL HOSPITAL smartly integrated characters already familiar to ABC viewers, as the web did many times when the brand was top shelf. GH is the hardest working soap out there, and the actors overall are outstanding. No one of us in fandom like everything on our shows but the overall tone of GH and the refocus on history is laudable.… Read more »

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General Hospital’s Halloween Week Promo Touts Wicked Surprises

Looks like everyone will be on edge this week as Halloween comes to Port Charles.  In the newly-released ABC promo for General Hospital, it reveals that this spooky week of episodes will be a rollercoaster ride, featuring wicked surprises, and killer costumes.

After Epiphany (Sonya Eddy) scolds Franco (Roger Howarth) for having his hand in the candy jar, Anna (Finola Hughes) or is it? … is donning a black witches hat. Jackie (Kim Delaney) is seen opening her door, juxtaposed with Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) saying “trick or treat”. But, is he actually at the door of someone else?

Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) asks Ava (Maura West), “Darling, what are you holding behind your back?” That is revealed to be a knife, but is it Ava who truly has the knife?

 

Meanwhile, Jason (Steve Burton) is looking around in the dark.  Elsewhere, Peter is jumpy.  So much so that Spinelli (Bradford Anderson) utters, “Looks like you’ve seen a ghost.”

Add all that to last Friday’s episode of GH where Carly(Laura Wright) thinks she saw Nelle’s (Chloe Lanier) hand come out of her grave and attack her! Is Nelle (Chloe Lanier) going to be proven to be alive? And if so, will she pop up on Halloween and scare the hell out of Carly?

Watch the promo below, then let us know what you think will happen this week on General Hospital via the comment section.

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ABC Previews General Hospital’s Halloween Episode

Fight Night will definitely have an impact on the lives of the citizens of Port Charles, on the upcoming Thursday, October 29th episode of the ABC daytime drama series.

Announced by ABC today, along with primetime’s Dancing with the Stars, The Conners, Supermarket Sweep, and America’s Funniest Home Videos, GH is having some ghoulish goings-on for the trick or treat holiday.

According to the GH preview: “As an impending storm approaches Port Charles, Trina and Joss decide to meet up with Cameron and Dev at Charlies before heading off to a Halloween party for the night. Unbeknownst to them, Julian notices the kids are being watched a little too closely by a masked individual. Uneasy and unable to shake the feeling that something is off, Julian confronts the man. Meanwhile, Carly is stunned when Cyrus brings a familiar acquaintance to dinner at the Metro Court. And elsewhere, Finn and Anna’s plans to take Violet trick-or-treating are hampered when Finn is called back to GH, leaving Anna alone, unaware that a particularly evil threat awaits her.”

So, excited to see what goes down on Halloween on GH? Comment below.

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GH’s Ingo Rademacher Shares Insight With His Son On Parenting & Anger On Maurice Benard’s “State of Mind”

Maurice Benard has brought his State of Mind  to You Tube, and his guest for this week is none other than Sonny Corinthos’ longtime nemesis Jasper Jacks, Ingo Rademacher.

Rademacher decided to appear on State of Mind along with his son, Peanut, to talk about the incidents of parenting and anger when raising his children, and the effects discipline can have on the kids.

There are some very emotional moments within the segment, as Peanut opens up about his feelings when his dad was upset with him and how he dealt with  it

Ingo also shares how over the past few years his relationship with his son has approved, while Maurice offers key moments from his past with his father and his own son.

Per Maurice on the concept behind the show and his ongoing website: “State of Mind to me means being 100% present, feeling completely at peace inside of you, not letting your thoughts control your life and always looking for ways to be the best that you can be.”

Watch Ingo, Maurice and Peanut below and then let us know what you thought about this heartfelt conversation via the comment section below.

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