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Is True Blood Actually General Hospital? Compare and Contrast!

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Fans of the new episode of the On-Air On-Soaps Podcast released this past Saturday got a kick out off our staple segment, Carolyn’s Soap Thought of the Day, where actress and co-host, Carolyn Hennesy recites her opinions and delivers some hilarious zingers to the listening audience.

In her latest  “Soap Thought”, Carolyn compared and contrasted HBO’s True Blood (in which she now appears) to General Hospital (where she had played Diane Miller).   We decided this was to funny not to post the content of the segment so you could read it as well.  Check it out below and see if you would agree!

Is True Blood actually General Hospital?  Compare and contrast.

“Compare:

Both have the most gorgeous main cast of any show currently filming.

Both have many intertwining storylines going on at the same time, involving psychopaths, police officers, restaurant shenanigans, well decorated private homes, individuals who have great wealth but no actual job, and someone having sex with their best friend’s girl or boyfriend.

Both take place in a fictional town less than one hundred miles from a major U.S. city.

Both have characters who draw blood.

Both have a character with some type of brain quirk: Sookie Stackhouse can read other people’s thoughts; Jason Morgan was hit by a car and turned into a robot.

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Both have a character who has a dual personality: GH has Kate Howard and TB has Lafayette Reynolds (when possessed by Marnie, Tio Luco or anyone else.)

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Both have a character who can shape-shift into lesser creatures: Sam Merlotte from human being into anything he pleases and Diane Miller from smart, sassy attorney into gossip columnist.

Both have a dark-haired, dark-eyed incredibly handsome leading man who is of slightly smaller stature than impossibly handsome Alexander Skarsgard.

Both have a leading lady who gets herself involved with two or more leading men in quick succession.  And that same leading lady is a perfectly proportioned blonde whose character gets everyone into trouble just by walking into a room or opening her mouth.

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AND, you never see these two ladies in the same place at the same time, which leads me to the logical conclusion that Anna Paquin and Laura Wright are the same person.  In point of fact, you never see Sean Blakemore and Nelsan Ellis together in the same room.  Nor do you see Maurice Benard and Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgard and Ingo Rademacher, OR Sam Trammel and Bradford Anderson.

Therefore, with so much the same, I conclude that there is nothing to contrast and I posit that General Hospital actually is True Blood which is why, even though Diane Miller’s time in Port Charles has been negligible of late, I should STILL be drawing a GH salary.”

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So what do you think of the comparisons between True Blood and GH ? Let us know! And make sure to hear it and our interviews with GH’s Jen Lilley and DAYS James Scott on the all new On-Air On-Soaps Podcast Episode # 13.  To hear Carolyn’s “Soap Thought” comparing and contrasting True Blood to General Hospital, it comes at 1:23:41 into the show.

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Works for me. I love both shows. BTW, I miss Diane.

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Ms. Hennesey come back home to GH oh how I miss you!! What fun you were!!!

barbara t
barbara t

I miss diane to, do you think she ever will come home? I don’t have HBO so I can’t watch true blood.

Christy
Christy

she should compare General Hospital to “Young Doctors in Love” movie! bwahahahahaha That really was a spoof of General Hospital, even starring a few of their stars, including Richard Dean Anderson.

do you remember seeing it?

Wanda
Wanda

Yawn…True Blood has been a disappointment so far. Got to pick up the action.

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The Triumphant Return of Kelly Thiebaud As GH’s Dr. Britt Westbourne

When a shocked Nurse Felix Dubois (Marc Anthony Samuel) exclaimed “Dear lord, the Britch is back,” after seeing none other than Dr. Britt Westbourne with her lab coat hovering around the nurses station at “General Hospital”, you knew things were about to go down on the ABC daytime drama series.

Over the past few weeks, Kelly Thiebaud has been in action on-screen on General Hospital as the the trouble-making, complicated, Britt.   Since returning to the canvas, viewers learned that: Britt has been paroled from her previous crimes, seems to say she believes and actually likes her half-brother, Peter August (Wes Ramsey), has confronted her mutter in jail (Liesl Obrecht played by Kathleen Gati), whom Peter framed, and showed up at Brad’s (Parry Shen) hearing to be there for her bestie, who has been in hot water for the baby switch of Wiley.

But, there have been a lot more intriguing things than even that! Britt is now hitting the sheets with none-other than Julian (William deVry), and also let him know in no uncertain terms she knows his part in the whole Brad cover-up.   But what is her true motive?  We also learned in a run-in at GH, that Neil (Joe Flanigan) and Britt know each other from somewhere.  He is trying to put his finger on just where, but does Britt know? Probably!

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However, the best  and most entertaining moment on soaps last week was when Britt arrived in her lab coat to GH and revealed to both Felix and Liz (Rebecca Herbst) that she had worked hard enough to be able to get her medical license restored … and that Monica (Leslie Charleson) brought her on with a provisional acceptance as a temporary replacement for Dr. Kim Nero as an OBGYN for the hospital. Felix says give it two weeks and she will do something to mess things up.

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Just then, in our favorite scene of the week, Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Ava (Maura West) happen by, and when Britt, who is Nik’s ex, sees him she saunters over to him and slaps him hard across the face and spits out, “That’s for Spencer.”  She goes on to berate him for how he hurt his son; by letting him believe that his father was dead for three years!  Britt tells Nikolas it would serve him right if Spencer knew spoke to him again.

Next, Elizabeth chimes in and tells Britt to stop acting all high and mighty.  Britt fires back that she is not surprised that Liz, another one of Nik’s ex’s, would defend him.  Britt says, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

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Scene after scene, Kelly Thiebaud has lit up the screen and put the “feisty” back onto the ABC soap opera.  As an actress, Kelly can go from the heavy drama, to the comedic, to the sexy, all with ease.

In the March 30th issue of Soap Opera Digest, Thiebaud said of her return:  “Frank Valentini reached out to me the beginning of the year and mentioned that the writers wanted to bring me back for a bit.  I said,’Of course, I will,  I would love nothing more than that!”‘ I just really connect with Britt and have a blast playing her.”

So let us know, have you been enjoying the return of Kelly as Dr. Britt Westbourne, thus far? What do you think Britt is up to? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Alexis Breaks Three Years of Sobriety, Carly Locks Up Nelle, Nikolas & Liz Continue to Reconnect

On Friday’s episode of General Hospital, after downing a drink at a bar, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) held off on a second one, but unfortunately and sadly lost her sobriety of three years.  When she called people in her life to come get her out of the bar and home,  no one was available, so she called none other than her ex Julian (William deVry).

And it was Julian to the rescue, who also took the legal eagle to an AA meeting. The car ride between them was not all pleasant, especially when Alexis went down memory lane for a moment and recalled when Julian held a knife at her throat.  After the fallout with Neil (Joe Flanagan), she wondered why she ruins all her relationships … consistently.

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Elsewhere. Michael (Chad Duell) is trying to get Nelle (Chloe Lanier) to sign and authorize the heart defect surgery on Wiley.  Michael said they  need both parents signature on the consent forms and Nelle is refusing to sign.  When Carly (Laura Wright) finds out she is ready to handle Nelle and goes up on the hospital rooftop to confront her.   Once there, she tells Nelle this is her chance to get people over to her side by signing the consent to let her son have the surgery he needs.  Carly also tells her that Wiley is her leverage.  If she lets her son die, she has nothing to hold over everybody.  And still, after all of that, Nelle refuses to sign.  So, resourceful Carly locks Nelle in and up on the roof so she can’t leave!  Will Nelle come to her senses for a few seconds and sign the papers?  Previously, Nelle told Michael her kidney surgery basically ruined her life, so she does not want to do the same thing to their son.

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Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) is worried about Cameron (William Lipton) and so she sets him up with a therapy session with Neil.  Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) happens by the hospital after getting Ava (Maura West) squared away with Franco (Roger Howarth) for his portrait painting of her in the art room.  He runs into Liz and she shares her concerns for Cameron, and how familiar it is to he,r and how traumatized he must be – having two incidents where he was basically kidnapped within a years time.  She bring up how when she was raped when she was younger that Emily, Lucky and Nikolas were there for her.  Are Nikolas and Liz growing closer again?  Are Ava and Franco?

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And … leave it to Britt (Kelly Thiebaud) to get what she wants …. and what she wants is to hit the hay with Julian, after Julian hit her up late after dropping off Alexis.  Is he on the rebound from his car talk with Alexis? Or, is she just so into Britt for some fun?

So, were you upset that Alexis drank? Do you like Britt and Julian hooking-up? Will Carly get Nelle to sign the consent forms  for Wiley’s surgery? And, are you intrigued by a redux of a Liz and Nikolas romance? Comment below.

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WATCH: GH’s Nancy Lee Grahn, James Patrick Stuart and Y&R’s Michelle Stafford In ‘Soaps In Quarantine’ Episode 1

Leave it to General Hospital’s Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) to be enterprising, and creative and providing social commentary at this time in our new reality.

Grahn has teamed up with her former GH Now partner, comedian and podcast host, Kaore Bonell for what looks to be on-going You Tube series, while we are all at home experiencing social distancing from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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For the first episode of the series aptly titled, “Soaps In Quarantine” Nancy and Kaore welcome GH’s James Patrick Stuart (Valentin) and The Young and the Restless Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) as their very special guests.

Topics are wide-ranging, and entertaining from some interesting tidbits about their soap characters and their individual times on different soap operas, to if they have each gone to the grocery store and what they are experiencing from items being MIA and flying off the shelves and more.

As you will see, the actors and the hosts all Skype-in or Face time in which is something we all can do to be within each other’s “comforts zones” while being isolated at home.

Check out “Soaps In Quarantine” episode 1 below and let us know what you thoughts of it via the comment section below.

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