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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.)

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.”

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.

kay/kay
kay/kay

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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LISTEN TO THE REPLAY: Soap Nation Live! With Special Guests: Y&R’s Joshua Morrow, DWTS: Juniors & GH’s Hudson West & B&B’s Joe Lando

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Listen to “Soap Nation Live! October 2018” on Spreaker.

If you missed Thursday night’s broadcast of Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman you can now listen to the replay right here in audio player above!

This episode was given to the gents in soaps as Michael welcomed his very special guests: The Young and the Restless Joshua Morrow (Nick Newman), Dancing with the Stars: Juniors and General Hospital’s Hudson West (Jake), and The Bold and the Beautiful, and One Life to Live and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman favorite, Joe Lando (Judge Craig McMullen).

During this fun night of chat, Joshua weighed-in on the Shick wedding that went bust, when Sharon told Nick at the altar that she knows he had sex with Phyllis.  Morrow, who will celebrate his 25th year as Nick Newman in early 2019 chimed in what the future for the stat-crossed couple may hold, and how he has enjoyed showing Nick’s dark side of late, plus he revealed one scene he felt uncomfortable with that he would not play, the ladies over the years in Nick’s life, and when asked by a listener of his memories of the late, great Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor), Joshua shared some fun and poignant remembrances. He also addressed the status of Doug Davidson at the CBS daytime drama, and hopes that the writers will find a way to utilize the Y&R vet in the future.

Next, Hudson West’s joined the podcast where he gave listeners the inside scoop on what it has been like to be one of the 12 celebrity kids competing in the first-ever Dancing with the Stars: Juniors, which debuts Sunday at 8PMEST in a two-hour season premiere on ABC.  Hudson talked on how he has been learning the dance moves with his young pro dance partner and Dancing with the Stars pro mentor, how he deals with nerves before performing his dance routines and more.  General Hospital fans who know of Hudson’s Daytime Emmy-nominated performance of Jake Webber, Elizabeth and Jason’s son, got some interesting tidbits when he talked about working with Rebecca Herbst, Steve Burton and more, and how much he loves being on the show.

The final guest of the night was Joe Lando.  Prior to bringing Joe on the air, Michael played a classic clip from Megan’s death on One Life to Live from the 90’s, where Joe as Jake Harrison performed one of the saddest and most memorable scenes in soaps with his then acting partner, Jessica Tuck.  Joe then revealed when he was on Soap Nation Live that it has been over 20 years since he had heard the scene, and was still moved by it.  Lando who is now appearing as Judge McMullen on CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful teased there could be a love interest around the corner for the judge, as well as some retribution for his ruling in the custody case of Will Spencer, because of a favor called in by Ridge.  Lando also talks about his time on the hit primetime series, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman as Byron Sully, and shared more about his time on One Life to Live working with the likes of: Erika Slezak, Bob Woods, and Tuck.

Last, during out Game Show segment, a lucky caller won two VIP tickets to the Star Struck Fan Event Fall Festival in Alexandria, Virginia featuring members of the cast of Days of our Lives, as well as a Y&R goodie bag; which includes a personalizes autographed picture of Joshua Morrow, after answering correctly some Nick Newman trivia!

For archived and past episodes of Soap Nation Live, you can go to the official show page on Spreaker.com here.

Now, listen to the broadcast with Joshua, Hudson, and Joe above, and then let us know via the comment section below what was your favorite moment in the broadcast.

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General Hospital Honored With Sentinel Award For Alzheimer’s Storyline

This week, ABC’s General Hospital was one of the recipients and honorees at the 2018 Sentinel Awards.

The awards honor storylines that inform, educate, and motivate audiences to make choices for healthier and safer lives.

Now in their 19th year, the 2018 Sentinel Awards were presented by Hollywood, Health & Society (HH&S), a program of The Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

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The 12 outstanding Sentinel Awards honorees for 2018 spotlighted topics that included: nuclear safety, maternal health, HIV/AIDS, autism, sexual assault, mental health and disabilities.

One of those programs to receive the award was ABC’s General Hospital for “Sonny’s Dad storyline” which as viewers know shed a light on the progression of Alzheimer’s disease for those afflicted and their loved ones.   The story is beautifully played by Max Gail (Mike) and Maurice Benard (Sonny).  Accepting  the award on behalf of the series was EP, Frank Valentini.

Other series, notably Empire was recognized for their abortion storyline, and Grey’s Anatomy for their Hemorrhage cart storyline representing Maternal health were two other popular shows that also received recognition for their work. among others.

So, proud of GH for receiving this honor for the work they are doing in telling the emotional tale of Mike’s battle with Alzheimer’s and how it affects Sonny and his family? Comment below.

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Chloe Lanier Making A Return To General Hospital

Look for naughty Nelle to be back on all-new episodes of GH, and that means fans will get to see more of Daytime Emmy-winner, Chloe Lanier!

According to Soap Opera Digest, Lanier will be back on-screen after leaving the show In August after two years with the daytime drama series.

When Chloe left the series, Nelle was carted off to prison for her deceptions and crimes, but according to her chat with SOD, she is back because she ‘has some unfinished business with some people.”  Lanier’s return stint starts next week.

So how will Nelle’s re-emergence impact Lucas and Brad who are raising Nelle and Michael’s son?  Will she seek more retribution on Carly?  Stay tuned.  After all, Nelle gave her baby to Brad in the now notorious baby switch, which we have since learned that baby “Wiley” has a heart condition that can be traced back to Michael’s side of the family,

Glad there will be more Nelle coming up on GH? Comment below!

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This weekend we mourn the loss of General Hospital’s beloved Susan Brown who played Gail Baldwin. Here is her final scene from 2004 when Gail and her husband Lee (the late Peter Hansen) showed up at Lila’s funeral and had an exchange with Alan and Monica. Share your thoughts on Susan’s passing via the link below. Leave A Comment

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