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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”

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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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❗️

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

Annie
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They’re Worth watching, ahole nelle IS NOT

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

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You’re welcome!

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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… Read more »

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

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

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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.

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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.… Read more »

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GH’s Parry Shen Delivers the ‘Power Performance of the Week’

How many of us have lost, or had to say goodbye to our best friend? Somehow fate or illness intervenes and cuts short someone you share so many memories with.

On last Thursday’s episode of General Hospital, Dr. Britt Westbourne’s (Kelly Thiebaud) family and friends gathered for her memorial at the GH chapel.  However, viewers knew of the special connection between Britt and her bestie, Brad Cooper (Parry Shen).

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Devastated at losing Britt, upset that she never told him she about her diagnosis with Huntington’s Disease, and mourning her death, Brad comes to her former office, where Britt was the Co-Chief of Staff at the hospital. After exchanging heartfelt moments with Britt’s mother, the grieving Liesl (Kathleen Gati), and Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Brad (with a paper bag in hand) spends some time alone in Britt’s former office, which has now been cleaned out.

Next, Brad takes out a carton of ice cream (for those who know the back-story, Britt and Brad would sit together each with ice cream and watch the red carpet at the Nurses’ Ball on TV and hoot and howl at the residents of Port Charles), and thus begins a very emotional and five-hankie moment, where Brad recalls all the key moments in their friendship.

Parry Shen was so touching in this scene, that if you have been a fans of Britt and Brad’s friendship, we are sure you shed some tears.

Later, during the memorial, Brad is pained listening to the others eulogize Britt, and when it is his turn to speak, he does his best to get through it and pay homage to his best friend.

We will miss the Brad and Britt friendship as will many GH viewers for it was one-of-a-kind on the soaps – two originally, not so nice people, doing bad things and finding common ground with each other, and eventually turning their lives around and being there to support each other.

For all of these scenes mentioned above, Michael Fairman TV names Parry Shen’s work, the Power Performance of the Week.  You can check out a clip featuring Shen below.

Now, let us know, what did you think of Parry’s Performance during Britt’s memorial episode? Comment below.

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Marcus Coloma On His GH Exit: “I Don’t Know Why That Decision Was Made, But I Don’t Feel Any ill Will and I Didn’t Feel I Got Fired”

This week, GH fans saw Adam Huss returning to the ABC soap opera as Nikolas Cassadine to finish out the rest of the scenes originally intended to be played by Marcus Coloma who ended his three-year run on the show a tad early.

As has been previously reported, Coloma came down with Covid-19 as his final tape days neared, and a decision was made for him to not return to finish off his last run of episodes.

With all the rumors and stances taken by everyone involved, Coloma was the special guest on this week’s episode of the That’s Awesome Podcast hosted by Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson and discussed his departure from the long-running daytime drama series.

Marcus expressed that when he took the role on GH, he was excited to be in that kind of environment (working on a soap opera), and only signed on for three years.  However, as time went by it became more difficult to reconcile leaving when his contract was up, sharing: “You fall in love with the crew and everybody along with it. So, two and a half years in, this decision that was so clear in the beginning is getting complicated.”

The actor added that while, “I knew the end was coming, it wasn’t like GH was saying, ‘Hey, Marcus, we want you to stay.’  There was no negotiation … and all I can say to that is I don’t know why that decision was made, but I don’t feel any ill will and I didn’t feel like I got fired. It just felt like … there was maybe an understanding that I was going to be there for three years. The big surprise is how much it hurt. Even though I knew I was going to leave.”

In the end, Coloma reflected that this may have concluded as it should, adding, “I really do have some big goals and those goals would have never been realized if I would have stayed. That’s not to take anything away from GH because I admire everything about it.”

Watch the episode of That’s Awesome featuring Coloma below.

Then weigh-in, what do you think of Marcus’ thoughts on his exit as GH’s Nikolas Cassadine? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Adam Huss Back to GH as Nikolas Cassadine

With Marcus Coloma’s last appearance as Nikolas Cassadine on last week’s January 26th episode of General Hospital, the soap opera brought back Adam Huss to finish out the dark prince’s storyline.

According to Soaps.com. Huss aired today on the January 31st episode of the ABC daytime drama series and will finish out the scenes that were written to be portrayed by Coloma.

Adam previously subbed for Coloma back in September 2021 and again in November 2022.

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After it was announced that Coloma was leaving GH, the network and the series agreed that it would be best that Marcus did come in to tape his last episodes since he was recovering from Covid-19 at the time.  Thus, we are seeing those episodes featuring Huss now airing in early February.

So, glad to see Adam back to wrap Nikolas’ current storyline? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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