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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Robert in Jersey City

no thanks.

CTwildheart
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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.
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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.
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susan M.

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

Iakovos
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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David J.

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

Taescharmed
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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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Kim Delaney on All My Children Primetime Reboot: “All They Have To Do Is Ask, and I’m There”

While Kim Delaney is currently appearing on General Hospital in the role of Jackie Templeton, and she just appeared in her new Lifetime movie, The Long Island Serial Killer: A Mother’s Hunt of Justice, the actress revealed she would be up for appearing in the upcoming primetime revival in development of All My Children.

Delaney became soap-famous in the role of AMC’s Jenny Gardner from 1981-1984 before she was killed-off the show in the now iconic jet ski explosion.

Now even though Jenny died, Kim would be up for figuring out how the character could be resurrected or how she could take part in the primetime reboot of the ABC soap opera called, Pine Valley.

In an interview with Soaps.com, Kim shared on being part of the reboot: “All they have to do is ask, and I’m there.  Sure, Jenny died, but someone asked me the other day if we ever saw her body. So maybe she’s out there, somewhere… ”

Former All My Children stars and real-life duo, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos are executive producers of Pine Valley along with Andrew Stearn.

So, would you like to see an alive and well Jenny Gardner, or some other role for Delaney, in the All My Children reboot? Comment below.

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TONIGHT: Kim Delaney Stars in Lifetime’s ‘The Long Island Serial Killer: A Mother’s Hunt for Justice’

Make sure to catch General Hospital and former All My Children and NYPD Blue star, Kim Delaney (Jackie, GH, Ex-Jenny, AMC) tonight on Saturday, February 20th when her highly-anticipated Lifetime movie debuts beginning at 8pm EST/7pm CST which marks the cable network’s 400th original movie.

In The Long Island Serial Killer: A Mother’s Hunt for Justice, it tells the story of Mari Gilbert’s search for the truth behind what happened to her daughter Shannan, a sometime escort who disappeared after a ‘date’ on Long Island.

After Shannan (Katharine Isabelle, Hannibal) fails to come home, her mother Mari (Delaney) knows something is terribly wrong. Pleading to police to take her concerns seriously, she keeps pushing the police for answers. Mari’s insistence that her daughter not be overlooked eventually leads to a horror hidden on Long Island for more than a decade – 19 bodies of young women discovered buried in shallow graves along Ocean Parkway in the area of Jones Beach State Park. Though the search for the killer is still ongoing, Mari’s passionate dedication to giving her daughter and other forgotten women a voice, and the attention they deserve, has kept the case alive with hopes of a breakthrough soon. The movie not only follows a mother’s tireless search for the truth, but it also digs deep into the murders, including Shannan’s, that have gone unsolved for so long.

Delaney’s film, executive produced by Deborah Norville, is based off real life-events that transpired in the early 2010’s where the crimes were never solved.

In an interview with 98.1 WOGL Radio’s Glenn Kalina, Delaney shared: “There is hope in the film… but you also want an answer… what happened to all of these girls?  My character just was relentless trying to find her (daughter) or find answers where she was.  They found a bunch of other bodies, and what they learned was that they were all escorts… and then they learned there was a possible serial killer.”

Check out a promo for the movie below.

Will you be watching Kim in her starring role in The Long Island Serial Killer: A Mother’s Hunt for Justice? Let us know in the comment section.

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‘ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway’ Raises $130,565 For Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS In Four Day Streaming Event

Last week, ABC Daytime fans were thrilled to see some of the archival footage and performances from the ABC Daytime: Salutes Broadway Cares benefit concerts by those who were once in the mighty soap programming block that included: All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital. 

While only GH remains, viewers still loved seeing many of their favorites perform in the streaming event, ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway, from Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, which featured footage from those events that ran from 2005-2011 in front of a live audience in New York City.

The 2021 online event, which kicked-off on February 11th and streamed for four days, featured new content with daytime favorites including: Susan Lucci, Cameron Mathison, Anthony Geary, Kelly Ripa and more, plus performances from the past benefits, and an original dance performance from Finola Hughes (Anna Devane) on the set of GH.

John Dietrich, who directed each of the ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares concerts, wrote and directed the stream. It was presented in partnership with ABC Owned Television Stations’ websites around the country with support from Good Morning America and The View.

According to Broadway World, in total, the ABC Daytime Back on Broadway event raised $130,565. The streaming total includes a matching donation of $50,000 made by Broadway Cares supporters The Dream Alliance.  Now, when combined with the seven-year run of the annual concerts, the ABC Daytime stars have raised $2,020,565 for Broadway Cares.

As part of the event week, Michael Fairman chatted with former One Life to Live star, Catherine Hickland (Ex-Lindsay Rappaport) about her performances over the years at the event, her role of Lindsay and her on-screen feud with Nora (Hillary B. Smith), and more.  You can watch it below.

What did you think of the ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway streaming event? Did you enjoy seeing the performances? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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