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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❗️

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

They’re Worth watching, ahole nelle IS NOT

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.

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

You’re welcome!

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

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

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

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.

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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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Finn Tells Violet That Gregory Passed, While Elizabeth Sees He Has Been Drinking

The raw emotions continued on the Wednesday, May 22nd episode of General Hospital as Finn (Michael Easton) and Chase (Josh Swickard) try to come to grips with the death of their father, Gregory (Gregory Harrison).

In story, Gregory passed away in his sleep and his battle with ALS came to its conclusion. In the pick-up, Finn now has to tell his daughter, Violet (Jophielle Love) that her grandfather had passed when she returned home from school.

Gingerly, Finn does his best to explain to Violet what happened. Finn tells her that her grandfather’s heart stopped beating, and he wasn’t in pain. Violet bursts into tears saying that she wants Grandpa to still be here and runs into his room calling out for him. Then, in very touching scenes, Finn follows Violet. She asks her dad where her Grandpa is. Finn explains the paramedics took him away. She cries that she didn’t get the chance to even say goodbye.

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Next, Finn hugs Violet and tells his little girl that life is so beautiful, but sometimes it’s unfair. He carries Violet back to the living room, but passes by the bottle of booze. He sits her down on the couch and tells her there will be a funeral in a few days so they will get to say goodbye to Grandpa together. When Violet asks where her Grandpa is now, Finn says he is in heaven.

Later, Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) shows up and hugs Violet and Finn. She can see right away that Finn has been drinking, especially after eyeing the glass, and the bottle on the counter. Getting Violet out of the room for a moment, Liz tells Finn she can’t even imagine the pain he must be in right now. So, he should go to a meeting and Violet will come home with her for the night.

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Finn puts his foot down that Violet will stay with him. He just watched two total stranger, the paramedics, take his dad away. He says he took one drink to ease his pain. Finn stands up to Liz and says he thinks given the circumstances he has a right to do whatever it takes to get through the day. Next, Liz says she can’t stop him, but she will not have him get drunk with his daughter in the apartment, and so, she is taking Violet with her.

Elsewhere, Chase (Josh Swickard) and Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) decide at the airport to head back to the Quartermaines, and not take off for their honeymoon, since Gregory died. When they show up at the Q’s, Chase says he wants to be with his brother, but he is giving him time to tell Violet. Next, the newlyweds are greeted by Ned (Wally Kurth) and Lois (Rena Sofer). They tell the two the truth, leaving everyone stunned or in tears. Chase heads out to find Tracy.

Meanwhile, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) is holding on to her good luck charm from Gregory as her reinstatement hearing begins. Little does she know, he has passed away. Alexis finds out she is in a court battle with Fergus Byrne (Lane Davies), the brother of the late Neil Byrne.

So, what did you think of the performances of Jophielle Love and Michael Easton in the touching scenes between Violet and Finn? Will Finn end up on a complete bender? Will his brother Chase show up in time to help him? Comment below.

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Daytime Stands Up/Stand Up to Cancer Live Auction Continues Through May 26; Bid Now on DAYS Set Visit and Video Call with GH Leading Ladies

As announced on last Thursday night’s livestream event Daytime Stands Up – A Benefit for Stand Up To Cancer … We All Have A Story, the live auction where you can bid on several soap opera related items is continuing now through this Sunday, May 26th.

Now is the time to get in your online bid in for a good cause to help fund vital cancer research.  Items up for grabs to the highest bidder include: a set visit to Peacock’s Days of our Lives where you can go behind the scenes and meet the cast at Burbank Studios, in Burbank California where the soap opera is taped.

Another main item is a 15-minute call one-one-one video call with three of the leading ladies of General Hospital and all Daytime Emmy winners: Laura Wright (Carly), Cynthia Watros (Nina) and Maura West (Ava).

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In addition, Y&R and ATWT favorite, Colleen Zenk (Jordan, ex-Barbara, respectively) is also offering up a video call to the highest bidder, and so too are Robert Newman (ex-Josh, GL) and Vincent Irizarry (ex-AMC, GL, DAYS, B&B et al).

Want an autographic script from The Young and the Restless, Guiding Light or As the World Turns? They are also three of the items up for bids for a good cause and more.

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Check out the entire auction and place your bids here.

Daytime Stands Up – A Benefit for Stand Up To Cancer featured live interviews and conversations, musical performances and on-location segments featuring daytimes biggest star who shared their personal journeys with cancer and more.

In case you missed it, you can watch the entire show below.

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General Hospital’s Michael Easton Pens Touching Farewell to Gregory Harrison

Following the on-screen death of his on-screen father, Gregory Chase played by Gregory Harrison, longtime soap vet, Michael Easton (Finn, GH) shared his feelings on a touching Instagram post.

Easton summed up getting to know Gregory Harrison, and to play emotional scenes with him for the last three years. In story, Gregory succumbed to ALS, a disease in which there is no cure.

Sharing several photos of himself with Harrison. Easton expressed, “Gregory Harrison. One of the finest actors I’ve ever had the privilege of working with and an even better human being. I learned so much from you, my friend, and it was an absolute honor to get to share a stage with you these past three years. Your talent, grace and powerful presence will be greatly missed around the studio. @gnhsurf @generalhospitalabc #gh #fathersandsons”

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In addition, Josh Swickard (Chase), Harrison’s other on-screen son told Soap Opera Digest on Gregory’s exit, “Sometimes when you’re working on a show like this and someone plays your dad, it spills over. He really felt like a father figure to me in so many ways. Still does. He’s such a good human being. He’s been around the block in life, in Hollywood, and then some, and he’s just a wealth of knowledge. And he’s a humble human being.”

Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis, GH) also took to X and shared her sentiments on her time working with Harrison. Grahn said, “Was hard to say good bye to working with my friend, Gregory Harrison. What a treat to share the stage with this guy, and getting to know him was a gift. I truly love & respect everything about him. And I know he’s seeing this. He doesn’t post, but likes to read mine.”

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Fans of GH caught on the Monday, May 20th episode some very heart-tugging scenes between Gregory and Finn, where they each tell the other how proud they are to have been each others father and son.

Watch below the heartbreaking moment and the touching portrayal by Michael Easton when Finn finds his father has passed away.

So, what do you think about the words written by Michael Easton and he says farewell to the exited Gregory Harrison? What did you think of his performance on today’s GH? Comment below.

 

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