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MONDAY GH's 50th Anniversary! Roll Out The Red Carpet For A Once In A Lifetime Event!

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Monday, April 1st marks the 50th anniversary of ABC’s General Hospital, and with lots of drama, fun, and surprises in store as the celebration culminates with The Nurses’ Ball which begins this week, and concludes the following week with special not-to-be missed episodes!

In a brand new promo from ABC to get this party started right, General Hospital is rolling out the red carpet, not only for its fictional characters of the town of Port Charles, but for you, the fans who kept the show on the air for 5 decades!

So as the promo relates, get ready for “a once in a lifetime event,” with the return of the long-awaited Nurses’ Ball! Check out Lynn Herring, Finola Hughes, Teresa Castillo, Jason Thompson, Ian Buchanan, Laura Wright, Maurice Benard, Rick Springfield, Jane Elliot, Jack Wagner, Bradford Anderson, Kelly Monaco and more,  in these quick clips to get you ready for the celebration!

Watch the GH 50 anniversary promo after the jump, and let us know if you will be with GH all week long and next to help celebrate the milestone? And, what are you looking forward to seeing most at The Nurses’ Ball?

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heidi
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heidi

This is so exciting!!! Love it!!! Love GH!!! Happy 50th!!!

jim
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jim

Unless Helene has some reason to kidnap me, of course ill be there! Ive been waiting what seems like 50 years! lol!! And i look forward to it all!!!

susan M.
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susan M.

What most I am looking for at The Nurses Ball is seeing Robin walk in and see Patrick kissing Sabrina! And let the fireworks begin! Luke & Laura find LuLu! And realize they both belong together! Seeing Rick Springfield Rock N Roll! I saw Rick Springfield years ago in person at Radio City Music Hall! Really enjoyed the show and he was wearing his black pants that had zippers on the side of each leg! Nikos comes out of his Coma & so does Robert Scorpio! Happy 50th GENERAL HOSPITAL! And many more! I will be glued to my t.v.… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

I hope those are not spoilers- there are spoil free people who do not want to read/know what will happen..
If they truly are spoilers you have ruined the awaited for suspenseful surprises for numerous of spoil free fans 🙂

(I am a spoiler free fan)

susan M.
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susan M.

It is just my opinion. This is what I would like to happen.

dee
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dee

Rick Springfield Rocks! Still touring and still making music..

Christy
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Christy

oh yes! I saw him in concert in 2006. It was fantastic. He got up and walked thru the crowd using the armrests to walk on and we helped to support him… some even caught him (on the butt!) when he started to lose balance. What fun, huh? te he he

Girls still threw panties on the stage for him. Funny! and he did the strum the guitar with a bouquet of roses, which shreds them and they go everywhere. But yeah, that was a great concert, even better cuz it was a round rotating stage and smaller venue.

Debbie Harris
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Debbie Harris

Can’t wait to watch it!! Here’s to Another 50 Great years for General Hospital!!!

Alyson
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Alyson

Carly and Sonny going together, yay! CarSon<3

su0000
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su0000

WOW! Sabrina was beautiful!!! lucky Patrick!

ahh gonna luv the GH Chippendale’s 😉

Mary Fergen
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Mary Fergen

I am so there!!!!! Happy 50th, GH!

Elhu
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Elhu

I will absolutely be tuning in for this major milestone not only in GH’s history, but in the history of this wonderful genre. I am sooooo proud of all those that have worked sooooo hard at GH both in front of and behind the cameras to even make it to this landmark event, especially since just one year ago, we did not even know if GH had a future to look forward to. I cannot wait to see how everything plays out, and I am sure we will not be disappointed. I look forward to everything. Happy 50th GH, and… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

General Hospital, back from the dead..!!!!

It is biggest ‘bringing back from the dead ‘ soap story in soap opera history !!!

jimh
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jimh

Actually Days killed off half its cast several years ago and then later brought back all of them which most of us thought wouldnt happen…so i have to say they did it first, even though it seemed to have been their plan all along. Im excited GH is doing it!!!

ces
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ces

Can’t wait!!! Loved the ad for it!! Sabrina looked pretty and yeah a kissss!!!
Seeing Rick Springfield perform – oh yeah 🙂 Happy 50th GH!

Brett
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Brett

I wish they hadn’t shown Sabrina in the promo, seeing her looking amazing was one of the things I was looking forward to!

I will watch all week, but then again, I always do!

30yearGHFan
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30yearGHFan

Congrats GH. Loving it all

BUT WHERE IS ROBERT SCORPIO?????

Alley
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Alley

Happy 50th, GH. You’ve been a part of my life since I was a teenager. Thanks for the memories, and here’s to 50 more years!

Rodd
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Rodd

But of course, I’ll be there. It’s bound to be an event no one in their right mind would want to miss.

Emily
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Emily

Congrat! Happy 50th General Hospital. Love your show.I have been watching this show forever, I am now 63 years old. Love everyone on the show. Miss Bobbie Spencer, hopefully Bobbi can come back full time. Sorry to see Jason go, Edward, Lila, Georgie, RIP.

JR
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JR

The Duke & Anna Tango! #GH50

tarlyfan
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tarlyfan

ooh, I can’t wait.

Charles E.
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Charles E.

I am hoping that the long-suffering A.J. FINALLY finds happiness with Elizabeth, and wonder what they will do at the NB. I’m crossing my fingers for a real L&L reconciliation, and Jax & Brenda return to town married (as it should have been from the get-go). As to Sabrina, I can’t accept her with Patrick knowing Robin is still alive- she’s better off with Milo. Bobbie’s been throwing hints about her son Lucas looking for Mr. Right- could it be Felix DuBois? And will someone PLEASE give Monica a man?? It would be great if Alan were actually alive and… Read more »

Teresa
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Teresa

Cannot wait! Congrats GH and here’s to another 50 years of love in the afternoon.

tarlyfan
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tarlyfan

can’t wait. Looks very interesting.

k/kay
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k/kay

Congratulations GH 50 years wow!

Matt
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Matt

I’ve been watching GH (and all the ABC soaps, RIP) since I had a babysitter who watched them all. She had to take me to the dentist one day and the Muzak in the waiting room was the song playing when Luke raped Laura at the disco. of course, I said his out loud which embarrassed my poor babysitter to have people thinking she was letting a child watch such things!

Cartini
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Cartini

I want the NB to be the start of Nicholas and Sabrina !

L.o.v.i.n.g.
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L.o.v.i.n.g.

Oh yes! They would be so amazing!! Team Sabrolas Cassadine 🙂

Michael
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Michael

Loved today’s episode- especially the prolonged scene between Laura Wright and Jackie Zeman. Love, love, love Zeman- and it was great to see these two pros together. If I’m not mistaken, it is probably the first time Zeman and Wright have had a long scene together. I really hope they keep Zeman after the anniversary episodes- she’s still fantastic! Is there a Frank/Ron fan club somewhere? They have not only saved this soap, but made it “fun to watch” again.

heidi
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heidi

Just watched Monday’s episode and loved it!!! It was great! Can’t wait to see Tuesday’s show!!! Can’t wait to see who was under the burlap sack! Congratulations GH!!! You are the BEST!!!

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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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