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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.

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

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

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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?

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

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Kin Shriner Celebrates 45-Year Milestone as General Hospital’s Scott Baldwin

What would General Hospital be without Kin Shriner, who has always played Scott Baldwin to the hilt with unique style and acting chops? Today on August 2nd, Kin marks his 45th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series, and the series just would never be the same without his four decades plus of performances, making him an enduring fan favorite.

Shriner debuted on GH back on this date in 1977.  Scott’s love story with Laura (Genie Francis) would begin to set a new trajectory for GH. Later, when Laura married Luke (Tony Geary) in 1981, and Scott made a shocking appearance at the reception and caught the bouquet, the character turned to the dark side which started a new era of story for Scott/Laura/Luke and more.

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Scott is the stepson of attorney, Lee Baldwin (the late Peter Hansen) and Dr. Gail Adamson (the late Susan Brown); although through the years they tangled over differences, the family loved and cared for one another.

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In more recent years, Scott’s legal eagle courtroom antics are always a must-see for viewers, as well as any time Shriner gets to show Scott’s emotional side, such as the time he learned his son Franco (Roger Howarth) had died.

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Kin’s scenes with his current on-screen love interest, Kathleen Gati (Liesl) are always a delight for GH fans, as well.

In addition to his General Hospital run, Shriner appeared as Scott in the GH spinoff; Port Charles from 1997-2000 and again in 2001.

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Share your congratulations to Kin on his 45th anniversary in the comment section, and then let us know what has been your favorite Scott Baldwin scene through the years. 

But first, in case you missed it, check out our interview last year with Kin on the Michael Fairman Channel below.

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General Hospital’s Maura West Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

On last Thursday and Friday’s episode of General Hospital, the ABC soap opera finally moved the story forward with the reveal to Ava (Maura West) that Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Esme (Avery Pohl) slept together, and within it, fans got to witness the beginning of the fallout and the reaction as played by three-time Daytime Emmy-winner and enduring fan favorite, Maura West.

As one might expect, the material in the hands of the mighty West, and the acting choices she makes are always intriguing and masterful.

In story, things start to unravel for Ava, when outside Trina’s (Tabyana Ali) courtroom trial, Esme and Ava have a confrontation.  It is there that Esme snarks at Ava, that she has the ability to destroy her world.  When Ava dares her to try, Nikolas shows up on the scene begging Esme to stop.  However, a manipulative Esme says, “Too late, I’m ending this right here, right now.” After lighting the fire, Esme walks off telling Nikolas to have a nice chit chat with his wife.

Next, Ava and Nikolas go to a private office, and Nikolas tells her that he made a huge mistake. A now suspicious Ava, asks, “What kind of mistake?” Nikolas then goes on to explain how he slept with Esme, just once, when he thought his relationship with Ava had tanked and had suffered irreparable damage.

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What comes after was where West shined, as a sarcastic Ava quipped, “Poor you, seduced by a high school graduate.”  Ava, then launches into that she thought she married a man, but instead she married a spineless weakling, and now she is going to burn him to the ground.

Later at Wyndemere, as Esme is frantically packing her suitcase and taking with her the all-important envelope linking her to Ryan (Jon Lindstrom), Ava appears and a confrontation begins with Ava calling out Esme as a, “conniving little whore”. Esme flaps back that Ava slept with both Morgan and Sonny (Maurice Benard)! Having put two and two together, Ava says she know that Esme is responsible for the revenge sex tape of Cameron (Willian Lipton) and Joss (Eden McCoyand setting fire to her car.

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Ava has wised up from all of Esme’s nasty statements and has come to realize that everything Esme has done including sleeping with Nikolas, feels like a targeted, planned attack on her, and she knows there is more to this story than Esme has ever let on.  When Ava spots the envelope in Esme’s suitcase, she goes to get it, but Esme grabs it from her. Then, with a steely warning, Ava tells Esme that she will be going to the courthouse now to exonerate Trina, and if she doesn’t, Ava will make sure Esme disappears and no one will ever be able to find her alive.

Now, while some viewers may be waiting for a knock-down drag-out catfight, we don’t know what will happen on Monday or Tuesday’s episode, but sometimes it’s more delicious just letting the words and its intentions drive the action, and West delivered the goods in spades in scenes with Marcus Coloma and Avery Pohl.

For all the reasons stated above, Michael Fairman TV names Maura West’s work as The Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of Maura’s performance in the scenes where Ava finds out Nikolas slept with Esme and Ava’s confrontation later with Esme? What do you hope happens next?  Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section.  But firstm check out some moments from West’s performance below.

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Tony Dow, ‘Leave it to Beaver’ and ‘General Hospital’ Alum, Still Alive But in ‘Last Hours’ Despite Reports On His Death

UPDATED:  Since the original posting of this article, Tony Dow has now passed away.  On Wednesday, July 27th his son, Christopher confirmed his death on Facebook sharing: “Tony passed away earlier this morning, with his loving family at his side to see him through this journey.  We know that the world is collectively saddened by the loss of this incredible man. He gave so much to us all and was loved by so many. One fan said it best—“It is rare when there is a person who is so universally loved like Tony.”’

The original post below is the story on how Tony’s wife, Lauren Dow, had shared that her husband was still alive after erroneous news articles on his death were premature:

Lauren Dow, the wide of Tony Dow, best-known of his role of Wally Cleaver – the All-American older brother of “Beaver” Cleaver (Jerry Mathers) on the TV sitcom, Leave it to Beaver, shares that he is still alive amid previous reports of his passing early today.

Earlier, Tony’s management team had posted news of Dow’s death at the age of 77 on a Facebook post, but that has since been taken down.

Now comes word from Lauren to ABC7 in Los Angeles, that her husband is still breathing, but is in hospice care in their home.  She admitted that based on some health issues that happened overnight, she inferred that Tony had passed away when she informed people close to her and the family.

However, Dowd’s son Christopher confirmed to PEOPLE that his father, “is still alive but in his last hours. Under hospice care.”

Daytime fans recall that Tony played the part of Ross Jeanelle on General Hospital back in the mid-70’s.   On GH, Ross was investigating the murder of Dr. Phil Brewer and in story, Ross also dated nurse Beth Maynard, who was the sister of Diana Taylor.

Some of Dow’s other TV credits included: Adam-12, Mod Squad, Emergency, The Love Boat, and Murder, She Wrote plus he directed numerous TV episodes.

Share your thoughts and prayers for Tony Dow and his family via the comment section.

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