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Nancy Lee Grahn on GH’s Safe Return to Production: “Organizing This Took Epic Care & I Applaud All Involved”

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With protocols in place during the coronavirus pandemic, ABC’s General Hospital last week returned to taping all-new episodes at their studios in Los Angeles.

It has always been about safety face for the cast, crew and more that make Port Charles a place that millions of viewers have come to love over five and a half decades.

On Monday night, two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) shared on her Twitter account her thoughts on her first day back to work and to filming on the set, and to let all of her fans know it all is looking A-OK.

Nancy expressed: “1st day back. The uncompromising detail & apparent hard work of all involved have my deepest respect. I felt safe, protected & more importantly that my being there was safe for others. Organizing this took epic care & I applaud all involved @GeneralHospital @Disney @ABCNetwork”

General Hospital follows The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless who now have all gone back to taping new shows, as well,  (DAYS is targeting a September 1st return, but has episodes through mid-October banked).’

In addition, GH will begin airing new episodes next week on Monday ,August 3rd; which has come as wonderful news to fans of the series who have been watching encore presentations over the last several months,

So, happy to hear from Nancy on GH’s safe return for cast and crew?  Comment below.

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brian
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brian

wonderful ! Let’s start the show

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

As an alcoholic/addict, I am anxious to see Alexis’ relapse. They had just opened that Pandora’s box before all this mess happened.

Patrick
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Patrick

PAGING , (the one, the only ) DR ! Neil Byrne NAKED ! well… would Alexis take ? Joe Flanigan , is still – A MaN – of mystery!!!! and I don’t MiNd. yet till boffo ; the thrill tryst tantalize IS ALL THEIR… should GH Writers Yield ! God don’t stifle Alexis , again … since she’s continually propped… let’s go their… as long as her oh so trying daughters are not continually drawn in to … let’s make this an adult feature… Dr. Neil Byrne, is human fodder… TICK TOCK swing the pendulum ; this man SHOULD BE… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

I HOPE .. the writers have better sense… CLEAN SLATE …. people… to see what @GH WRITERS have in mind… to tune in. surely… it’s still more of the never ending vicious cycle of Sonny AND Carly ? OH God… it’s pure angst… add in dullard Michael AND Josslyn. WOW ! ? what a way to give the fan back…. less is more i’ll take Alexis and Dr. Neil i’ll take Valentin AND again we’ll go Nina i’ll take Ned and Olivia i’ll take Julian ; bring back Britta they just suck – Sonny and Carly ; Jason and Sam… Read more »

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Michael Teale

This is good news! Now that all of the daytime drama’s are back to work (DOOL starts taping again in September), they are not the only show’s that have gone back to taping and airing new episodes. So has ‘Restaurant Impossible’ that stars Chef Robert Irvine on the Food Network. That show starts airing new episodes on Thursday night this week. Very much looking forward to that!

Satan
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Satan

I don’t watch the cooking shows very often, but it seems to me that those would be the easiest thing to produce even in a pandemic. The chef usually works alone, and odds are they all have a decent kitchen in their homes, so it would be just as easy to film from there.

Charday
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Charday

At least she had four months to work on her memoir during the time off.

Rodd
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Rodd

Good to hear.
Now, if only there was some news about when her book will drop.
Just finished Maurice’s.

Dan
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Dan

How was Maurice’s book? It’s definitely been on my list of books I want to check out.

Ekey
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Ekey

Maurices book is good in so many ways but if I was u get the audio version. In maurices own voice

k/Kay
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k/Kay

I am sure everyone will be fine unless you have underlying health issues you will survive it is not a death sentence everyone I know who has contacted it have survived the mass hysteria is nuts let’s move on take the precautions and let’s get living again ! Never have I seen such fear and it’s nuts I can’t stand the media they should be ashamed of themselves

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k/Kay…And I’m sure your comment is great solace to all of the mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, husbands and wives who have lost a loved one of the 150,000+ deaths by today’s count…the highest in the world. If anyone is nuts it’s those who have never taken this seriously since day one and even now do not show the decency or leadership to protect their fellow citizens let alone themselves.

Dan
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150,000 people have died. The man occupying the White House said 15 people would get the Coronavirus and then it would magically disappear. He suggested people inject themselves with disinfectant to kill the virus. He pushed the views of a doctor that says the government is using Alien DNA to treat Coronavirus patients, and that Ovarian Cancer is caused by women having sex in their dreams with witches and demons. Someone should be ashamed of themselves, and it’s not the media.

Satan
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Satan

For the record, I’ve asked around the office, and none of the demons here have any idea what that crazy “doctor” is babbling about.

sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

“Everyone I know who has contacted it have survived.” That is the most self-centered American (or human) viewpoint I know. “Just because it hasn’t affected me or my circle, it’s not worth worrying about.” The world is so much bigger than each person’s little corner of it. Be GRATEFUL that your friends/family have survived. PRAY and BE COMPASSIONATE toward the many people unknown to you who have suffered a terrible loss. And DO WHAT YOU CAN to make sure that you can continue to say everyone you know has survived. Peace.

soapfan
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soapfan

So KKK, according to you, it’s ok for people who have underlying health issues to die? What the hell is wrong with you? It is not an innocent opinion. It is hate speech. The world has enough hate. We don’t need it here too.

Satan
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Satan

Herman Cain went to the Tulsa Nuremberg rally in late June and bragged about how he and most others there weren’t wearing masks, and how it was all a hoax. By July 3 he was in the hospital. Herman Cain got out of the hospital today. He’s currently in my office, filling out Hell’s standard 666 page immigration forms. He got that fresh hot Covid 19 death pizza delivered in 30 days or less. Now Louie Gohmert (dumbest mortal in the US congress) might be looking at a similar fate. And those are just the names you know. There is… Read more »

davlestev1
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davlestev1

JESUS take the wheel and your social media accounts. There are long lasting health issues due to contracting the coronavirus. It’s not the common cold you can just shrug off. And even to much of that takes it till whether you know it or not. All illness takes a lasting toll on the body. This one more than others. I just can’t.

Kay
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Kay

That is not what I was saying how dare you I was Not minimizing deaths I was simply saying when you have underlying conditions you need to quarantine ! Get over yourselves You sure have no problem with people burning and destroying businesses t hat are operated by black lives that are making a living ! Do you have any idea how many lives you have destroyed ??? I bet not because it’s not In your narrative ! I have heard enough but no I will not ever post here again

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The Cast of General Hospital: The Alzheimer’s Storyline – Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

General Hospital’s depiction of the battle of Alzheimer’s disease and how it affects the dying, and the loved ones they leave behind, came to its heartbreaking conclusion this past week on the ABC daytime drama series.

Led by storyline standouts: Maurice Benard (Sonny) and Max Gail (Mike), who once again acted their hearts out in their final scenes together, the entire ensemble of actors who were part of this storyline each had their moments and each delivered which made Mike’s passing all the more poignant.

In a first since we started giving out our weekly kudos several years ago, Michael Fairman TV is giving our Power Performance of the Week to the cast of GH who participated in last week’s scenes for their riveting work.

From Laura Wright’s beautiful goodbye scene as Carly with Mike, where she dreams of him telling her she is a ‘daughter to him”, to Steve Burton’s all-knowing Jason, who tells Mike he will take care of Sonny and not to worry, to Michael (Chad Duell) and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) picturing how key moments of their life would look with Mike being witness to it, and the advice he would give his grandchildren, to Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) finding out that Mike is dying while being so far away from his family – each of these beats brought even more heart-tugging moments to the ending of Mike’s journey.

Even the actors who played a part in Mike’s care were touching as Vernee Watson’s Stella prepares Sonny on how to help Mike pass before saying her final goodbye to her friend.  Then there was Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel), who helped Carly and Sonny through Mike’s last moments at Turning Woods, who was also trying to keep it together through his sadness. Brando (Johnny Wactor) showed up at Turning Woods too, trying to make peace with the death he saw in the war in Afghanistan and now losing Mike.

Of course, there was the surprise moment where Mike is met by his late daughter Courtney and escorted to heaven that both Alicia Leigh Willis and Max Gail played so beautifully without saying hardly a word.

But in the end, it was Maurice Benard who showed us the devastation and acceptance of a son having to let his father go, while trying to make peace with their troubled past that was acting at its best, and perhaps some of the finest in his storied daytime career  – and there was Max Gail – the centerpiece of the storyline – who’s emotional heart was seen in all the scenes last week with the actors as the characters visualized moments with Mike.  Throughout the entire story, Gail played the tragedy of a human being trapped within this horrific disease with brilliance.  He will be missed.

So, what do you think of our choice of the cast of General Hospital for this week’s Power Performance of the Week?  Share your comments below.

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Holly’s Alive as Emma Samms Makes a Return to General Hospital

Friday’s cliffhanger ending of General Hospital revealed that Holly is indeed alive and being held captive, but by whom?  Who ever is behind this has her locked away and being watched on a surveillance system.

Viewers saw a hand of someone that is behind the kidnapping, and that Emma Samms made a return to GH in her signature role of Holly Sutton.

Samms, debuted on GH back in 1982, and has come and gone, and come back again to the ABC daytime drama series.  She last appeared back on it in 2015.

Nighttime soap fans remember her fondly as Fallon on ABC’s Dynasty and its spin-off, The Colbys.

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Once the secret was out on her appearance at the end of Friday’s episode,  Samms shared on Twitter: “She’s alive…!”

So what do you think of the twist? That Holly is alive and that Samms was on-screen? Who do you think has Holly? Share your theories below.

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Michael Easton and Rebecca Budig’s Short Film “About a Girl” Receives ‘Outstanding Achievement’ Honor

While you loved them together on-screen on General Hospital as Hayden and Finn, off-screen. Rebecca Budig and Michael Easton came together for a stirring collaboration that just won them accolades at this year’s Best Shorts competition.

Best Shorts is an avant-garde worldwide competition that strives to give talented directors, producers, actors, creative teams and new media creators the positive exposure they deserve. It discovers and honors the achievements of filmmakers who produce high quality shorts and new media.  This film festival receives thousands of submissions from around the world.

About a Girl is directed by Easton while Budig wrote and starred in the short film. lt was honored with the Outstanding Achievement award, which is one of the top two most prestigious given out in the competition.

The story features Budig as a woman struggling with post-partum depression.  The festival said in a review of About A Girl:Deft direction, beautiful craft, achingly authentic performance by Budig.”

Rebecca shared on Twitter after receiving the accolade: “I am so humbled and honored to be included and awarded by @bestshortsand thank everyone involved.”

Two of Easton’s former OLTL co-stars, who have appeared his other short films, Trevor St. John (Ex-Todd later Victor Lord Jr.) and Sherri Saum (Ex-Keri) also appear in About a Girl.

Congratulations to Michael and Rebecca on their winning short  film! Share your kudos via the comment below.

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