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KATIE Preview: GH Stars Talk Tackling Tough Social and Medical Storylines!

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The celebration continues all this week for General Hospital with special episodes and appearances in honor of  their 50th anniversary milestone.

Make sure to tune-in on Thursday afternoon, April 4th for a special episode of the syndicated talker, KATIE when host Katie Couric, devotes the entire episode to General Hospital. (Check local listings for times in your area)

GH stars slated to appear in the episode with Katie include: Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer), Genie Francis (Laura Spencer), Kin Shriner (Scott Baldwin), Finola Hughes (Anna Devane), Kelly Monaco (Sam McCall), plus  a special performance by Rick Springfield (Noah Drake)!

Four members of the General Hospital cast will also be featured in a compelling segment …  Leslie Charleson (Monica Quartermaine), Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber), Sean Blakemore (Shawn Butler) and John J. York (Mac).  The stars will reveal their thoughts on tackling pressing social and medical issues that their on-screen characters faced during the historic run of GH.   Leslie talks about Monica’s breast cancer, Rebecca talks about Liz’s rape storyline, Sean talk about Shawn’s PTSD, and John fights back the tears when discussing Stone dying of AIDS.

Check out a preview of the heart-tugging clip package, when the cast discusses playing some of the most difficult and important storylines in the history of their characters, and the history of GH!  Then, let us know which social or medical storyline on GH affected and touched you the most?

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Mary Fergen
Mary Fergen

Oh, I wish this was on another show , rather than Katie’s! Sorry, don’t like her and don’t watch her. I am glad of all the attention and promotion that GH is getting, but it also makes me sad when I think of how AMC and OLTL deserve to still be on broadcast TV and have their celebrations too!

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

Congratulations GH for 50 amazing years of incredible entertainment. I’m sure Emily McLaughlin and John Beradino are smiling down from heaven. Thank you and God bless all of you.

su0000
su0000

The world just would not be right without the social or medical storyline to make people aware of tragedy and triumphs in life that can go unnoticed around them..
There never will be media as a soap opera/drama serial’s to enlighten people and yet entertain everyday ..

God save the soaps.. !!!

Joanne
Joanne

Only the stellar cast of GH could make me endure two hours of Katie Couric this week. I really will do anything for them.

jimh
jimh

Im all for publicity but it still seems a bit strange see gh stars on the show that almost replaced it but since i am a forgiving person and so many of my favorites are appearing, ill take a peek. But it still seems like Katie is taking advantage of ghs hoopla as publicity for her own show but if it helps gh im ok with it.

Robert in Jersey City
Robert in Jersey City

no thanks.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I don’t watch Katie, but I am a LONG time viewer of GH. Thanks for this, I will have to find a clip of this on You Tube! 🙂

susan M.
susan M.

Katie”s special on Thurs. comes on the same time GH comes on at 2:00pm. As much as I am NOT a fan of Katie, I will record the show on my other t.v. ONLY this one time because of GH And thier 50th anniversary . And the whole show is dedicated to GH? Monica’s medical issue hit close to home for me because my Mom had that illness & the second time it happened was the worst,my Mom is no longer with me since 1985…

susan M.
susan M.

Monica looks like her old self in this video. Which she doesn’t now.

Iakovos
Iakovos

I am glad to see there is attention paid to the medical and social storylines GENERAL HOSPITAL has presented so well through the years. The mob has long been part of Port Charles society but there was a period where the mob overshadowed the romance, advsnture, and hospital setting that is core to the series. I have greatly enjoyed the renaissance of the last 18 months and have faith the soap opera we love is back and will stay.

Cathy Fink
Cathy Fink

The social media storylines that affected me the most was when Stone died of Aids. I have such compassion for people suffering with HIV/AIDS. I was able to see a part of the AIDS memorial quilt many years ago, It was brought to my place of employment when it was world aids day. The other social media storyline was when Maxie got BJ’s heart,,,I cried so much during both strorylines. Great writing GH.

TS1
TS1

Of all people to have interview GH . I think Wendy Williams would have been a great choice since she has appeared many times on OLTL. I don’t like Katie and any shows she does, but in order to see the GH episode I’ll watch. ABC/Disney always pushes this women down our throats.

10261991des
10261991des

I’ll watch her because of the 50th…The storie lines of Stone and Robin,Elizabeth, Monica,Maxie and Bj..Those will always stick in my mind.G.H has been a part of my life since 1980 I just Truely love it <3 And I'm so happy they have gotten new writter's,this too will save the show!

Linda
Linda

I have watched GH for most of it’s 50 years and commend GH for tackling social/medical issues. However I can’t watch KC. After all she demanded ABC give her GH’s time slot and is just using GH for her own ratings.

David J.
David J.

I’m surprised they did not interview Jacklyn Zeman about BJ’s Death.

Taescharmed
Taescharmed

They may interview Jackie. This was just a small portion. I am not the biggest Katie fan. But I love these people and I will watch them on anything.

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On Monday, the two states with the most television and film production in the United States (California and New York) received a plan from many Hollywood studios, producers and the entertainment and production guilds of a plan and outline to be able to rejigger and restart production of your favorite shows and films.  This includes the soaps: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of our Lives.

Via Deadline: In an effort to get the industry moving-forward again where jobs were lost or put on hold, and production were completely stalled out-of-the-blue, the guidelines submitted by “The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the “Task Force”) is asking for consideration and adoption for the resumption of motion picture, television, and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19,” says a report for Governors Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York.

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You can read the details of the report here.  While there has been no word from the Governors and their offices if they have seen the report, bets are that several more steps will be needed before anyone would head and report back to a set yet.

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As one would expect, limiting contact, social distancing, regular temperature checks, ways to handle props, and a COVID-19 compliance officer for all productions are part of the proposal.   As well as virtual writers room meetings, avoiding filming on-location as much as possible and filming in front of large audiences.

So, glad to know that this major step has been taken to try to get production back on track in Hollywood and New York? Comment below.

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The Best of the GH Nurses’ Ball Continues; Which Is Your Favorite Musical Performance?

As part of its encore presentations, General Hospital is entering into its second week of Nurses’ Ball episodes.

Since the show is currently not in production and ran out of original episodes, viewers are getting to see all the glitz, the performances and the drama that makes the annual ball (which usually airs in May) so fun to watch.

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Look for memorable moments this week from James Patrick Stuart’s (Valentin) when he performed Billy Joel’s “And So It Goes” and Josh Swickard’s (Chase) rendition of Portugal the Man’s hit, “Feel It Still” among others.

Here is a rundown of episodes this week to make sure to catch!

Monday, June 1, 2020 Episode 13565 (OAD: 5/25/16)
Franco gives Jake a helping hand. Carly blackmails Ava. Nikolas stops Hayden from talking to Jordan. Musical performances include: Don’t Go Breaking My Heart by Elton John & Kiki Dee performed by Emma Scorpio-Drake and Eddie Maine, This Changes Everything by Chris Ryan performed by Jake Spencer and Franco Baldwin; a striptease to Demon in Disguise performed by Magic Milo and the Magic Wands -(Felix DuBois, Dillon Quartermaine, Griffin Munro, Curtis Ashford and Milo Giambetti).

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 Episode 13812 (OAD: 5/23/17)
Jake shows Emma and Charlotte the Chimera canister that was sent to him. Jason finds Anna’s Chimera necklace on the floor. Sonny has Morgan’s medication

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020 Episode 13813 (OAD: 5/24/17)
Jake is scared when he sees the Chimera symbol on Anna’s necklace. Valentin tells Anna he sold the Chimera to Helena Cassadine. Michael visits Nelle in the hospital. Musical Performances include: Sara Bareillies’ Brave performed by Emma Scorpio-Drake, Amy Driscoll, Kristina Corinthos-Davis and Valerie Spencer, And So It Goes On by Billy Joel performed by Valentin Cassadine and It’s Not Over Yet performed by Josslyn Jacks.

Thursday, June 4, 2020 Episode 13814 (OAD: 5/25/17)
Sonny and Carly learn that Ava switched Morgan’s pills. Nina takes Valentin back. Anna tells Jason she is looking for a bio-toxin known as the Chimera. Jake sees Helena order him to do his magic trick, featuring the Chimera. Musical Performances include: Faith by George Michaels performed by Ned Quartermaine & Olivia Falconeri, Modern Love by David Bowie performed by Dillon Quartermaine & Kiki Jerome and Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen performed by Epiphany Johnson, Felix DuBois, Bobbie Spencer, Amy Driscoll and Deanna.

Friday, June 5, 2020 Episode 14509 (OAD: 5/17/18)
Curtis proposes to Jordan. Alexis overhears Finn tell Anna he hasn’t stopped caring for her. Sam finds Faison’s lighter in Peter’s office. Musical performances include: Everyday People by Sly and the Family Stone performed by GH Nurses’ – Epiphany Johnson, Felix Dubois, Bobbie Spencer, Amy Driscoll & Deanna and Feel It Still by Portugal The Man performed by Harrison Chase.

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So, with this being week two of previous Nurses’ Ball episodes being rebroadcast on ABC, what has been your favorite musical performance of all-time in the ball?

Check out this week’s promo from GH below, and Josh and James’ performances that will also air again this week.  Then, l

et us know your thoughts via the comment section,

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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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