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Nancy Lee Grahn's GENERAL HOSPITAL NOW Premiere Date Set For January 12th!

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The ABC.com digital series General Hospital Now hosted by Daytime Emmy winner Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis, GH) is finally coming to a screen near you on Monday, January 12th when the first of three new episodes will be posted online followed by another trio of episodes February 2nd!

TV Line has the first sneak peek look at Nancy’s new twist on a talk show which is a hybrid between late night comedy, sketch comedy, and soap opera!

In this hilarious first look, Nancy becomes the woman on the street in Hollywood asking passerbys to use her General Hospital Now intern as practice, and to show them the art of soap opera bitch-slapping, drink throwing, and making out!

In the coming episodes guest GH panelists will include: Jason Thompson (Patrick), Tyler Christopher (Nikolas), Kirsten Storms (Maxie), Lisa LoCicero (Olivia), Sebastian Roche (Jerry), Ian Buchanan (Duke) to name just a few.

Let us know if you are looking forward to the debut of General Hospital Now!

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Jeff
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Jeff

Interesting concept, looking forward to watching it.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

It does sound interesting, but not as interesting as the goings on behind hotel-room doors ….such as today. Please forgive me for derailing, but I absolutely loved it!! I suppose one could see the hilarity in that. The insouciant, debonair air displayed by Julian was succulent, albeit I know he enjoyed every minute spent with Olivia. He is so ruggedly gorgeous…I loved him and Olivia together. Is this a start of something hot and meaningful? Her beauty and sex appeal has been kept under lock and key. I am so glad to be so pleasantly surprised by her delectable acting.… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

hi
she is too far along to have a GH baby daddy..
she will go off on a great job or some such thing and then return less the bump..

the only one near the bump size, to be the daddy would be Sonny ahahaa..

Shay
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Shay

Here, here, CeeCee!!!! I’m so gratified to know that I was not the only one to be absolutely delighted to see the new coupling of “Julivia!” Such fun!!!! And about time Mr. Jerome found himself a fabulous, foxy (and possibly extremely fertile) female to keep him away from that horrible, habitually-haranguing hag, Alexis. What could possibly be richer than the moment when that self-righteous, bust-baring broad had the nerve to excoriate her “babydaddy” (and his new comely squeeze…) for engaging in the exact same behavior which she just had???? I am soooo sick of that exhausting woman and her undeserved… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hey, su. Wouldn’t that be something? Sonny…that’s funny.

dmr
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dmr

I also enjoyed Julian and Olivia. I like how the writers are giving Lisa some comedic scenes. She is a beautiful actress, sexy-and shouldn’t be written into a corner as only Dante’s mother, Rocco’s grandmother, or Sonny’s old girlfriend. I have enjoyed her scenes with Wally and now William.

Harry
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Harry

To me, Olivia and Julian just fit. As Phoebe from Friends said of Rachel, “She’s his (Ross’s) lobster.” Now I used to adore Alexis. The stuffy, Yuppie, buttoned down Yale Law School graduate who became all flustered when a bad boy tried to seduce her. Then she played that role again….and again…..and again until suddenly Alexis is in her fifties still playing the flustered, formerly repressed virginal attorney who has finally discovered not only her G spot but her cleavage. I mean, really, good for her —we viewers get that Alexis has discovered her Mojo but please give her a… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Harry.
Thank the Lord for you, Harry…..the voice of sagacity and wisdom.

Shay
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Shay

@Harry….To quote you, Sir—if I may—your character analysis of Alexis was “a thing of beauty.” Just so eloquent and spot on!!! In a myriad of ways, it reflects my likewise regards for her, yet sounds far, far better coming from a male perspective….most particularly since I am currently being excoriated by another frequent poster for my similar critiques of Ms. Davis.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I’m sorry Shay…but as we frequent the same posts I can’t but help notice that you’ve now “hopped around the board” alluding to our discussion whilst mentioning me in your thinly veiled manner. But at least this time I got a laugh. You’re comparing Harry’s feeling about Alexis with yours. Let’s revisit your descriptive above…which by the way is the tamer version of your other descriptives of her. And I quote, ” from that horrible, habitually-haranguing hag, Alexis.” And then you go on to call her “that self-righteous, bust-baring broad” You’re also sick of that “exhausting woman and her undeserved… Read more »

Dawn
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Dawn

how would i go about finding, where and when i can watch “general hospital now” o my laptop? not computer savvy! need easy way to access this program??? don’t want to miss it! HELP!!!

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Dawn…just go to abc.com and click on the show.

Lou Piikes
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Lou Piikes

Look like GH Now is going to be hilarious and fun to watch. I can’t wait to tune in.

su0000
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su0000

I bookmarked it. I’m ready!

Nick D.
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Nick D.

Love NLG since way back to her Santa Barbara days. Love that she’s at the forefront of trying new stuff and promoting the genre!

dmr
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dmr

I agree!

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Love her too. I always enjoy seeing her. Alexis is one of my favorite characters. She can turn on a dime from neurotic and vulnerable to commanding powerhouse attorney…from mother hen to a playful flirt. Conflicted by her high moral standards and propensity for rough around the edges men…she always, eventually, takes the higher ground. Somehow thru it all Nancy manages tp play Alexis as ultimately lovable, dependable and loyal. Down to earth. Intelligent woman/actress. I’ll be curious to check out her show; whether it’s something I’d actually watch is debatable. I do hope though that somehow it creates enough… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

So, in other words, you like her, you REALLY like her!!!! It’s funny how two people can harbor such polar opposite views of the same character, since as you already know, dear rebecca1, my regards for your precious Alexis are far, far less glowing, and certainly NOT brimming with your positive superlatives! In terms of this particular woman, I am simply appalled by her and confounded that anyone can find her to be worthy of admiration. Wardrobe choices and physical/age-appropriate considerations aside—-yes, I have refrained from discussing them especially for you!— there are so many other facets of Ms. Davis… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Well, dear Shay. She had a child, Sam, during a teenage tryst. That hardly makes her immoral…it makes her human in an all-too (most likely common ) situation. She had Molly with her then-husband, Rick..and she was crazy about Sonny when she spent her night with him. As the old adage goes…you can’t help who you fall in love with. However, she manages to convince herself that she can change these men to the good, and when she can’t she breaks her own heart by breaking up with them. That doesn’t make her a bad person lacking morality, it makes… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

And, yes, like Sally, I really, really like her!

Shay
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Shay

Well, rebecca1, at least we can agree about Carly! One must celebrate the small victories in life, n’est ce pas??? By the way, hope you received my response to the “hag” post….it didn’t materialize online, but as long as it made its way to you, I suppose that’s all that matters. If not, I shall attempt to resend it…..

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Lol, Shay…yes. We must hold on to the small ties that bind us ALS Carly and AJ. No, I didn’t get your hag, lol, retort. Can’t wait. Ya. And I had a fabulous answer to your other post to me with your indignation regarding my interpretation of your viewing/character preferences. I must say my reply quite fully matched and exceeded your observations but unfortunately, it too, went onward to oblivion. Still trying to iron out the kinks I’m my iPad so though I kinda figured out how to copy and paste on this thing it just didn’t save. Sigh…what a… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Okay, rebecca1, how about if I replace “hag” with “harpy?” Is that better? I’m endeavoring to contemplate other suitable “h” words that capture my perceived essence of Alexis whilst at the same time keeping the alliterative flow going…so, yes, I believe harpy fills the bill. I can definitely go with that one…..just for you, I shall edit my previous post! LOL…..As for my praise of Harry’s work of verbal art, I was simply showing my appreciation for our oft- shared view of Alexis, which he so ably and beautifully expressed….even if it were of a much kinder and gentler nature… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

You can alliterate to your heart’s content. Unfortunately, none of your carefully placed words describe Alexis. It might be better to study human nature to have a better understanding of this woman’s psyche. You can then apply that creative flair to accurately describe the character…or Sabrina’s for that matter. This is not to say you don’t have a right to dislike a character (s) , but at least let the reasons be for something they are or have done. So far I haven’t seen that in your admittedly superlative writing.

Shay
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Shay

Of course I was being “tongue-in-cheek” with that response, rebecca1, but what it really all comes down to is the fact that you and I have vastly divergent perspectives of this character, and nothing is ever going to change that. Whereas you assign noble and admirable traits to Alexis, I simply do not, never will and believe you me, I am not alone. Long before I began posting here, I often mused with female friends over various aspects of GH—I still do—and quite frankly, amongst all of these highly intelligent, educated and tasteful women is/was the consensus that Ms. Davis… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Shay…let me start by saying that you have managed to annoy me, piss me off, offend me…and yet you have succeeded in reigning me back in to our little friendly fire…and I’m okay with that! I much prefer out verbal sword fight that somehow always manages to wind up in a truce. I think that’s a testament to both of us. With that said, I don’t appreciate people playing both sides of the fence so to speak, so if we’re going to be frenemies, don’t say one thing to my face, so to speak, and another to my posted back!… Read more »

dmr
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dmr

I think Nancy is multi-talented! I still remember Alexis as “Eddie’s Angel.” She brings such comedic genius to her scenes. Alexis’ scenes with her on-screen daughters always come across as genuine. She seems to exude such admiration and respect for the girls/women that play her daughters on-air. I also love her scenes with Julian and Diane. Nancy is just a class-act-all the way; and she is never afraid to voice her opinions!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I do agree, dmr. Nancy does seem to have that sardonic, comedic ingredient about her. Her quips, when delivered from left field are truly funny. Nevertheless, her mode of dress is passé and inappropriate. I can’t see her playing footsies with either Julian or Ned. JMO.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart in the Cast of Disney Channel’s Super-Villains Pilot ‘Amy From Amarillo’

Casting news was recently announced for the Disney Channel’s upcoming half-hour live-action comedy pilot with a working title of Amy From Amarillo.

According to Deadline, while the series has named actress Isabella Pappas in the title role of Amy, none other than General Hospital star James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) is also noted to be a part of the cast.

In story, the project follows a family of super-villains who must go on into hiding in Amarillo, Texas when they fall afoul of the League of Villains and are about to be liquidated.  Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.

Those joining Stuart and Pappas in the cast include: Hilda Spellman, Patricia Belcher, Kayden Muller-Janssen, Malachi Barton, Reed Horstmann and Lucy Davis will plays Amy’s mom, Eva aka Spark, a feisty supervillain who shoots electrical current out of her hands.

Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.  Stuart will be continuing his role on GH as per usual.

Furthermore, James took to Twitter this morning to clarify for inquiry GH fans who were concerned about the status the project might cause for his role on the ABC daytime drama series: “I am currently working on a Disney Channel comedy pilot. We film 15 minutes from the GH stage so, should the show get picked up for series, and while it would create scheduling headaches for some very cool people, I have no plans to hang up Valentin’s dancing shoes any time soon.”

So, intrigued by this pilot and what role James will have within it? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GL Alum Kimberly J. Brown Joins the Cast of General Hospital

Another daytime favorite is coming to General Hospital.  This time its Kimberly J. Brown (Ex-Marah) of Guiding Light fame.  She last appeared on the soaps during her from 1993-1998 and then a brief return in 2006

According to Soap Opera Digest, she will make her GH debut next week in a mystery role.

Kimberly worked with two GH powerhouse actresses during her tine on Guiding Light. 

She noted to SOD about her time in Springfield: Cynthia Watros (Nina, GH, Ex-Annie Dutton, GL) was my stepmom for a bit, and Laura Wright (Carly, Ex- Cassie, GL) played my aunt.”

Brown has appeared in numerous primetime television shows and motion pictures over the last few decades.

Now the question becomes, who will Kimberly play on GH? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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General Hospital and ‘H.R. Pufnstuf’s’ Billie Hayes Dead at 96

She was one-of-a-kind, and now actress Billie Hayes has passed away at the age of 96.  Hayes’ family announced her death from natural causes on April 29th at Cedar-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

Hayes was best-known for her unforgettable role as Witchiepoo on the 1969-70 Saturday morning live-action children’s classic H.R. Pufnstuf from Sid and Marty Kroft.

However, daytime fans will remember that then General Hospital executive producer, Gloria Monty, hired Hayes to play the recurring role of the street-smart international spy, Brighton O’Reilly, back in the 80’s series hey day.

GH’s Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) took to Twitter to mourn the loss of Hayes on Monday sharing; “My dear wonderful Billie Hayes has died. Sadly I only got to work with her on GH but it was a magical relationship. Right away Gloria Monty saw something unique and ran with it. I cannot tell you how her passing saddens me.”

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In story, Brighton O’Reilly was shot and killed by Victor Cassadine back in 1981. Billie told Soap Opera Digest back in 2003 about her time as an agent on GH, and her exit from the series: “I asked Gloria why she killed me off, and Gloria said, ‘To tell you the truth, Billie, we really hemmed and hawed at it. But I decided to do it for selfish reasons. I knew if I killed O’Reilly there’d be such an abundance of sympathy and love for Scorpio that his stock would go up. And he’s my new leading man!’ I understand why Gloria knocked me off, but I would have loved to have gone on with it because I feel it could have been developed into a fascinating character.”

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Sid and Marty Kroft also took to Twitter and expressed:  “Margaret Hamilton (Wizard of Oz) once told us that Billie Hayes was “one of the best witches ever” We couldn’t agree more. Rest in Peace dear friend.”

Billie’s career spanned decades including Broadway, television, motion pictures and voice-over work. In addition, she founded the Los Angeles-based animal rescue nonprofit organization Pet Hope, a cause she had championed since adopting a puppy abandoned in the basement of Broadway’s St. James Theatre during the run of Lil’ Abner in which she was featured in the role of Mammy Yokum.

Share your remembrances of Billie Hayes and your condolences for her family and loved ones via the comment section below.

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