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Jonathan Jackson's Video Message Congratulating General Hospital on 50 Years!

Courtesy./EnationYouTube

Courtesy./EnationYouTube

Five-time Daytime Emmy winner, Jonathan Jackson has been sorely missed for General Hospital’s 50th anniversary celebration, since Lucky Spencer did not make an reappearance in Port Charles.  Jackson,who  is currently starring on ABC”s primetime musical drama Nashville as Avery Barkley, told On-Air On-Soaps recently about attempting a return for the golden anniversary of the soap opera, “We tried, even up to this point for the actual airing of the 50th anniversary, but we weren’t able to make it work.”

However yesterday, Jonathan posted his very own heartfelt congratulatory message for General Hospital on his band Enation’s You Tube page, where he discusses his humble beginnings on the show playing Tony Geary (Luke) and Genie Francis (Laura) son, and the journey he has taken because of GH.  Here is an excerpt of his video message below:

Jonathan Jackson:  “I was 11 years old when I started in 1993.  Being placed with Tony and Genie, it was just incredible. It was such a gift for me. I’ll carry their influence over me for the rest of my life. To the crew, to all the directors, and producers, and writers, hair and makeup and wardrobe…over the years,  General Hospital has been like a family to me and I’m so excited for everybody there to get to celebrate this incredible, incredible milestone.  And I want to send all my love to everybody there, and to all the fans who have watched over the years, thank you very much for being part of this incredible journey. I am just very humbled and grateful to be a part of it. So here’s to 50 more!”

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Watch Jonathan congratulate GH with his own video message after the jump! Then let us know what you thought of it? And, if you wish Jonathan were back as Lucky for the celebration?

 

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Jeanne
Jeanne

You will be missed at the celebration at the GH Nurse’s Ball. You deserve to be there and at all the talk shows celebrating the 50 years. Best of luck on Nashville, but we miss you as “Lucky” and want you back.

heidi
heidi

Thanks Michael! He is such a sweet guy and seems very grateful for all opportunities. I was so hoping that he might have been one of Frank’s surprises and showed up with the Luke/Laura/Lulu/Ethan scenes. Maybe he still will…

ces
ces

was so hoping he was under that sack and not Ethan. Now, that would have been a surprise!

jimh
jimh

JJ may not have made it for GHs 50th but id still welcome him or any vet back for future visits to Port Charles, anniversary or not!

Emily
Emily

As I’m reading this message from JJ, I’m watching him on the GH marathon and the Liz rape s/l. What a coincedence, fitting and appropriate. They say soaps is a great training ground for actors, like going to school, College for it. Well, if that’s so, then this storyline was the midterm and finals for it. JJ crying as he’s telling Luke what happened to Lucky and RH expressing her shock and disbelief. They were babies and yet showing such depth and range. Not to mention TG’s and JZ’s performances. Never gets old, watching those scenes…wow! Love Jonathan Jackson–talent galore, wish him always the best….

Emily
Emily

I mean what happened to Liz.

Joan Faist
Joan Faist

Love Jonathan Jackson as Lucky. There has been no better acting team on Daytime TV than Anthony Geary and Jonathan Jackson. When these two were in a scene together it was pure magic to watch. Both of them wear their emotions on their face and speak volumes with their eyes. May GH be with us for many years to come. CONGRATS

janet
janet

Of course we miss Lucky. he was one of the few characters I didn’t end up disliking. him . He did get a drug problem, but he was always Lucky. Sorry to see you couldn’t return but I am very happy he has a role on prime time. The only reason I even watch Nashville was because he is on it.

ces
ces

such a talent!!! This guy should be on the big screen.

Robbyrob
Robbyrob

What a great message! We all knew JJ has such fond memories of GH and quite the connection to Genie & Tony…which always brings so much more to their scenes. I hope when Nashville is on hiatus, JJ could come back for a few weeks to touch base as Lucky with Luke and the much missed Laura. I read that Frank Valentini wanted to create an environment that the actors would WANT to come back, even if it’s for just one day, a few weeks, or a new contract (paging Lynn Herring!). I think he has largely succeeded. During the 50th anniversary festivities, you could see the love, respect, and family connection these actors all shared together and continue to today. Having a producer like Frank and a headwriter like Ron, who actually cares about not only the history of the character, but the actor who played that legendary role…well, it’s like icing on the cake. Having this many vets return, however briefly, was very emotional for me. I quit watching GH full time during the Phelps years (the only saving grace for me was Patrick/Robin), I found myself getting realizing how much GH means to me. I teared up immediately when SoapNet replayed Stone seeing Robin for the last time. I teared up when the GH of today showed just a picture of Steve Hardy! Frank & Ron didn’t have to pay tribute to Amy Vining and Jessie Brewer during the NURSES Ball but they did…that’s how much I know my show is BACK! Sure, you can quibble about story points here & there, but the show is only solid footing again…you can tell that just by how much the actors want to come back and how impressed they are by both Frank and Ron. With budgets slashed across the board, how Frank got so many vets back at once is beyond incredible. ABC finally seems to have gotten some execs who have a brain…and not a moment too soon either…unfortunately for AMC and OLTL….at least on ABC. The threat of cancellation has galvanized the troops everywhere for all the soaps. With technology changing everyday and with the world so crazy, we all can take comfort in that GH is still here. See what happens when some much needed blood is pumped into the bleak heart that was once so thriving. I’m very proud to say how much I’m enjoying GH and a big thank you to EVERYONE involved in reminding us how much it still means to us all.

Jan
Jan

That was nice.

ohyeahohyeah
ohyeahohyeah

I love Jonathan…..

I just wished that he would somehow make time in his schedule to VISIT GH on occasion, especially with Tyler Christopher (Nickolas) back, and Ethan. I would have JUST LOVED to see that family show with Lucky, Nickolas, Lulu, and Ethan with FINALLY, Luke and Laura……

What a treasure of a photo that would be. I was also hoping to Jonathan would ” Pop Up ” for the Nurses Ball. I can’t believe he couldn’t find it in his schedule to slip away for a day or so.

Please SHOW UP ON GENERAL HOPSITAL while the family is still in tack. People get old, they get dick, they retire, things happen. GENIE FRANCES is finally back, and
” what do you know?” their children are out of town (off the canvas).

Jonathon,: As a child of the legendary Luke and Laura, I beg…….. you to come visit “often”, at lest twice a year, bc it would make sense and be good for the writing. Please Jonathan arrange it now, to visit when your show is on vacation, and we understand it doesn’t have to be a long visit. Just stopping through makes sense because of who you are to the show.

Thanks for having the class to acknowledge GH 50th, along with, where you got your start,.

God Bless You! Look Forward to seeing you visit AT LEAST 2x a year. 1 day or 2 days. We just need to see you!

mary stevens
mary stevens

I miss Lucky so much,but am starting to warm up to Avery,if only he can behave!!!Love JJ!!!

liz jones
liz jones

jj you will be missed on general hospital.. ever since you left I have not watched gh. please come back

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GH’s Steve Burton and Maurice Benard Deliver “The Power Performance of the Week”

Last week, as General Hospital aired the final episodes they had in the can, prior to the coronavirus TV production shutdown, viewers of the series were left with a one-two punch of gut-wrenching performances from Daytime Emmy winners, Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny)

Burton, also received great news last week, when he found out he was again Emmy-nominated in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category, while Benard, told fans he did not submit himself in the competition this year, when they were wondering where his name was in the list of the finalists in the category.  However, Maurice won last year for the second time in his career, for Outstanding Lead Actor.

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Now on last Tuesday and Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, Jason was trying his best to break it to Sonny that Sonny’s dad, Mike (Max Gail) is not going to get any better as he continues to decline from Alzheimer’s disease, and that Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.  Sonny is devastated sitting with Mike watching him being completely unresponsive.  He tell Mike he will be back to see him tomorrow, as he leaves Mike reaches out his hand slowly.

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Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) has just told Jason that she believes the signs are all there that Mike is on his final decline and battle with Alzheimers. Mike is unresponsive, not eating. and slipping away quickly. She believes he wants to let go, but is holding on for Sonny’s sake, something that tears through Jason.  Knowing Jason was told something by Elizabeth, Sonny asks what it is.  That is when Jason tells Sonny he thinks Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.

An overcome Sonny tells Jason that he worries that Mike might still want to fight, but for what? He is a shell of himself and has no memories.  It is then that Burton as Jason, in a touching performance, tells Sonny what he’d want if he were in Mike’s place. Jason reflect that he wouldn’t want machines keeping him alive or his kids having to go through what Sonny is having to deal with right now   Jason goes on to say that even when Sonny put walls up between himself and Mike through the years, that Mike never stopped trying to break them down.

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Once Jason leaves, with tears running down his cheeks, Sonny sits with Mike trying to come to terms with what he must do now.  Will Sonny let Mike die and spare his father any further misery … or will he try to prolong whatever time Mike has left?

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These scenes for anyone who has endured or lived through losing a loved one battling through Alzheimer’s and having to make a life and death decision, and the emotional turmoil and sadness it causes a family, could feel the pain and heartbreak played  by Burton and Benard. That is why Michael Fairman TV gives Steve and Maurice the honors of The Power Performance of the Week.

Watch a few scenes from part of Steve and Maurice’s ‘Power Performance’ below

Then let us know, what did you think of Steve and Maurice’s performances in the Alzheimer’s storyline? Comment below.

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‘Studio City’s’ Sean Kanan to Host Indie Series Awards Virtual Ceremony

Coming up, another award show will transition during the coronavirus pandemic to a virtual presentation when the 11th Annual Indie Series Awards reveals its winners in a ceremony w=on Thursday, June 18, starting at 9:00 p. m. EST.

This year, the host with the most will be Sean Kanan, known for his roles on General Hospital (Ex-AJ) and The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless (Ex-Deacon), and this year for his Daytime Emmy-nominated work from his digital series, Studio City,

“I am honored and excited to be a part of the digital community and ISA family,” added Kanan. “This is the future of entertainment.”

Since 2oo9, the ISAs have honored some of the best of independent web series.

Tickets are said to be going on sale, so you can watch the virtual ceremony beginning at home starting on June 1st.

For more on the Indie Series Awards visit their site here.

So, will you be checking out Sean and the Indie Series Awards next month? Comment below.

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TODAY: General Hospital Rebroadcasts Masterful 52nd Anniversary Episode

Fans are in for a treat today (Friday, May 22nd) when ABC’s General Hospital airs an encore presentation of one of the finest hours of soap opera in the history of the genre, with its 52nd anniversary episode from April 1, 2015.

In the episode, viewers finally learned what turned Luke (Tony Geary) into Fluke, which has been the on-going story for months; but it all lead up to the shocking reveal, when Luke revisited his past in his broken down childhood home and the demons that haunted him.

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The episode goes from black and white to color, as Geary plays two roles: Luke and his abusive father, Tim, in one of the greatest performances of his career.

It is there we finally see Luke’s mother, Lena, played to perfection by Laura Wright (Carly).  And, it is in these scenes we meet for the first time Chloe Lanier as a young Patricia Spencer, who was so good, she was later cast as Nelle.  Playing the young Luke in another powerful performance was Joey Luthman,

Throughout the twists and turns, viewers learn that Luke not only killed his father, but accidentally killed his own mother who he loved.  It was a harrowing moment of deeply repressed memories.  The ending in the present time also features the Spencer family rallying around a distraught Luke in the hankie-inducing final scenes.

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From the performances, to the script, to the direction, to the writing his one had it all.

So, will  you be watching today’s 52nd anniversary episode of GH?  Do you agree it was one of the finest episodes of the series? Comment below

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