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Nathan Varni Shares He Is No Longer ABC Programming Exec Overseeing General Hospital

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For the last seven years, General Hospital fans came to know Nathan Varni, who was the ABC executive from their programming department who oversaw the ABC daytime drama series for the network.

But news overnight from Varni himself revealed that he will no longer be assigned to GH, but will continue on with other primetime series; several of which he was already working with before his exit from GH.  The Executive Director, Current Programming ABC at Walt Disney Television shared his departure from the soap, via social media. Vicki Dummer remains the Head of Current Programming, ABC Entertainment, who is in charge of GH, whom Nathan worked under.

On Varni’s Facebook page he shared the following message:  “To the many fantastic General Hospital fans I’m friends with here on Facebook: First, I hope you’re healthy and stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic.  I share bittersweet news that I am no longer overseeing GENERAL HOSPITAL for ABC’s programming department. I was with the show for seven years, covering more than 2,000 of its record-breaking 14,600+ episodes. In that time, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting many of you in person, and loved interacting with even more of you online, including here.

I have learned so much from you all, and can’t accurately describe how much I appreciate and admire your collective loyalty to the show. Thank you for your interest, kindness and spirited opinions on the direction of stories. I hope you will continue watching and enjoying the show for decades to come. Additionally, I offer my love and deepest gratitude to GH’s incredible cast, writers, producers, directors and production staff. They are truly the best in the business, and their love of the genre makes my heart full.  Until we meet again.- Nathan”

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Vanri added what he will be working on with the following:  “P.S. I’m still with ABC and will continue day-to-day oversight of other series, including Grey’s AnatomyThe ConnersHow to Get Away With Murder and a new show, The Baker and the Beauty, that premieres Monday (April 13) at 10/9c. I hope you’ll tune in and share your thoughts!”

So, share your thoughts on Nathan’s exit overseeing GH for the programming department at ABC via the comment section

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Annie
Annie

Get rid of the damn writers!! GH is a Boring and going downhill! Dragging stories out waaaaay toooo looong! ESPECIALLY the stinking stupid annoying nelle CRAP!! I’ve stopped watching after THIRTY FIVE YEARS‼️‼️‼️‼️ SAD❗️

Boop
Boop

I like the Nelle crap. I would have agreed with you if you had said the Sonny , Carly , Jason , and Sam crap!

Annie
Annie

They’re Worth watching, ahole nelle IS NOT

Boop
Boop

I didn’t call you a name because you were expressing your opinion and I respect that. I believe that Nelle is worth watching the same as you believe the others are.

Annie
Annie

Gee, thanks for not calling me a name!!!

Boop
Boop

You’re welcome!

Patrick
Patrick

just because.… I’ve “quit” two shows.. in my lifetime…

1. Young & Restless : after Michael Muhney and Sharon Case… broke up, after coming back from New Orlean’. ???? just kaput singled them out… especially, when Michael Muhney was alleged misconduct. have NO interest in going back… till the demise of Victor Newman

2. GH is smothering us with Sonny AND Carly ; Michael, Joss, Jason, Sam, Finn, Franco. just had it. no more… if Sonny and Carly fall on deaf ears… I don’t need to watch

I DO HOPE that this guy who quit or is moving on… had something to do with OVERKILL Sonny and Carly… and that the new Programming Executive… sees the oversight and just kills any future story for these dullard

Sonny and Carly are dullard, waste, and have no presence

Annie
Annie

Sounds like maybe you should find another show!! Sonny & Carly are MAIN CHARACTERS and Definitely worth watching

Jimh
Jimh

Did Chloe lanier i hear had the Covid-19 virus?-how she doing now!!!

clb
clb

Change is always needed at the executive level but the writers have provided some very good material for the actors. Agree that some stories take too long. Move them along and provide better super couples for romance and some mystery storylines. GH will dominate the acting EMMY categories in the coming months.

Satan
Satan

I don’t think anybody is supervising GH right now. I realize they’re trying to squeeze out as many episodes as they can before they run out entirely, but when you only have 35 minutes (minus commercials) to work with it as it is, and then literally every scene is now padded with a ridiculous number of flashbacks, it’s really killing the continuity of the episodes.

I think we’re going to have to start producing network programming here in Hell where the coronavirus is not a factor, because there will literally be nothing on TV if this dragonshit lasts much longer. No fall TV season, and worse yet, no football.

Earth might end up being more torturous than Hell. How’s that for irony??

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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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‘Studio City’s’ Sean Kanan to Host Indie Series Awards Virtual Ceremony

Coming up, another award show will transition during the coronavirus pandemic to a virtual presentation when the 11th Annual Indie Series Awards reveals its winners in a ceremony w=on Thursday, June 18, starting at 9:00 p. m. EST.

This year, the host with the most will be Sean Kanan, known for his roles on General Hospital (Ex-AJ) and The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless (Ex-Deacon), and this year for his Daytime Emmy-nominated work from his digital series, Studio City,

“I am honored and excited to be a part of the digital community and ISA family,” added Kanan. “This is the future of entertainment.”

Since 2oo9, the ISAs have honored some of the best of independent web series.

Tickets are said to be going on sale, so you can watch the virtual ceremony beginning at home starting on June 1st.

For more on the Indie Series Awards visit their site here.

So, will you be checking out Sean and the Indie Series Awards next month? Comment below.

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TODAY: General Hospital Rebroadcasts Masterful 52nd Anniversary Episode

Fans are in for a treat today (Friday, May 22nd) when ABC’s General Hospital airs an encore presentation of one of the finest hours of soap opera in the history of the genre, with its 52nd anniversary episode from April 1, 2015.

In the episode, viewers finally learned what turned Luke (Tony Geary) into Fluke, which has been the on-going story for months; but it all lead up to the shocking reveal, when Luke revisited his past in his broken down childhood home and the demons that haunted him.

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The episode goes from black and white to color, as Geary plays two roles: Luke and his abusive father, Tim, in one of the greatest performances of his career.

It is there we finally see Luke’s mother, Lena, played to perfection by Laura Wright (Carly).  And, it is in these scenes we meet for the first time Chloe Lanier as a young Patricia Spencer, who was so good, she was later cast as Nelle.  Playing the young Luke in another powerful performance was Joey Luthman,

Throughout the twists and turns, viewers learn that Luke not only killed his father, but accidentally killed his own mother who he loved.  It was a harrowing moment of deeply repressed memories.  The ending in the present time also features the Spencer family rallying around a distraught Luke in the hankie-inducing final scenes.

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From the performances, to the script, to the direction, to the writing his one had it all.

So, will  you be watching today’s 52nd anniversary episode of GH?  Do you agree it was one of the finest episodes of the series? Comment below

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