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Regularly Scheduled Episode Of General Hospital Pre-Empted In All Markets Today!

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Due to President Obama’s White House press conference, ABC executive Nathan Varni and the network have decided to do a full pre-empt in all markets airing today’s key episode of General Hospital.  The episode scheduled for today will air on Monday instead.

Viewers watching the show today, not impacted by the presdential press conference will see an encore episode of The Thanksgiving episode instead.  That encore was originally slated for 12/24.

Moving forward, in an effort to stay on schedule storywise in the New Year, the encore slated for 12/24 will now be an original episode, the Christmas Eve episode.

May sound a little confusing, but we will elaborate further if need be down the line!  Disappointed you will have to wait till Monday for Friday’s cliffhanger episode?  Not happy with your favorite soap operas being interuppted by long news conferences?  Sound-off in the comment section below!

 

 

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AJ
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AJ

At least we’ll only have to wait one day for the Friday cliffhanger reveal 🙂

Fanny
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Fanny

Exactly

mary kukura
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mary kukura

This continuous interruption of General Hospital is ridiculous.! None of this news is so important that it cannot wait. Tired of coming home after work to see that I have taped more Trump nonsense!!!

Jeremy
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Jeremy

Glad we’ll get an actual Xmas eve episode on Xmas eve!!

jeremy
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jeremy

Thank Goodness!! :@)

Deborah
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Deborah

I wish that they would either preempt an hour earlier during the chew or an hour later during Hot bench. Seems that when GH was on at 3 they still preempt. I swear that have in in for us faithful viewers. Lol
Thanks for the rescheduling for Monday. ABC won’t unlock anything for a week after airing.

Lisa
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Lisa

Thank you for airing this episode on Monday. Yes, they always seem to choose 2:00p.m. eastern for news conference’s. Maybe they should interrupt Dr Oz. Lol. Thanks again. Very happy.

karen
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karen

So sick of soaps getting bumped. Whether it’s something national like the President speaking, or locally they will interrupt for the slightest weather issues, hate it. Unless it is something people need to see immediately, the networks should wait to cover it in the news.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

News conferences should be on news channels…i dont mind interuptions when its a tragedy, a tornado warning or a missing child alert ect. but when its just a talk i prefer they wait for the news…GH isnt great but it still has its good moments and i need my daily afternoon escape from the real world!!!

Colleen
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Colleen

Well said , I totally agree! !

Joe
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Joe

As frustrating as it is to miss my shows, real life politics are always more important than soap operas. I especially believe that now having lived in San Bernardino, and still living relatively close to Inland Regional Center and all the issues surrounding that dreadful day.

Harry
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Harry

JOE!
How dare you come in here and make perfect sense?
The nerve.

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

Not quite. I can still remember (vividly) in the early 80s when Dan Rather interrupted Guiding Light for 25 minutes to report that there was nothing new to report (about the situation at the embassy in Iran, if I remember correctly). News organizations at the networks have always been allowed to get away with egregious overreaching where soap interruptions are concerned. Nobody’s going to argue (I hope) that interrupting a soap isn’t justified in the case of something like the San Bernardino shootings; there are clearly certain things of immediate and pressing concern that justify breaking into programming for live… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Joe, politics are NOT important! Have you watched any of the debates? They are all rich azzholes who have no relation to the everyday taxpayer struggling to make it! Dont get me wrong, if there are world issues and safety issues, hell yes, interrupt the soaps but for him to get on there and blah blah blah is stupid! If anyone was curious what the president said they can certainly check their cell phones or watch the nightly news!

Timmm
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Timmm

I stand by my prior post but you did say “Real life politics” and that is different than just plain old politics.

Ces
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Ces

Nothing he says is relevant. Thanks for ruining something we look forward too!

knitter 1
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knitter 1

I so agree with you!

Cesca
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Cesca

Amen!

Matthew
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Matthew

Haters gonna hate, but he is still the President and y’all still mad.

Timmm
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Timmm

I know, try EIGHT years!

Harry
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Harry

Mathew, right and before President Obama we has President Bush and before him, President Clinton and so forth. They all interrupted the soaps with their state of the nation address so getting mad at this president like he is the only one who has done this is just plain silly.

su0000
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su0000

0oohh OK..
I just want to see Tristin in action 🙂
I really don’t care about Robin
although she did give me a laugh..
Robin was seconds away from her dear, no emotion shown, no panic, no tears, no nothing.
I saw her expression as she would look shopping for underwear at Kmart .. ahhaa!

Looking forward to Tristan! I hope he will be written well to show off his manly magic to take down the bad guys and take no prisoners..
You go Scorpio !!!! whoot whoot!!

Tristan
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Tristan

Your wish is my command!

Gina
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Gina

I am thrilled general hospital will be played on Monday. It seems every time there is an interruption during the day….it is ALWAYS during general hospital. In order to watch online you need to wait a week for it to air..,at that time it’s too late. I thoroughly enjoy watching GH when I get home from work. Thank you for letting viewer know of ABC’s intentions

Michele
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Michele

ABC does a terrible job every time they break in with a Breaking news report. GH Losing viewers because of the same breaking all the time. Plus the horrible never ending Jason story line. And bringing dinosaurs back from the dead. New writers continue to be boring.

Kat
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Kat

Not upset about the press conference (I get that real life sometimes has to intrude!) just glad I will get to see the episode! I remember in the old days of soap watching, if news broke in, you were just SOL.

Timmm
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Timmm

What would you consider “Real life” that Obama discussed in his conference? Your opinion, I disagree, he wasted precious time in my opinion!

Kat
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Kat

Oh please. My point was that I’m glad that there is a way for viewers to see the episode when news preempts. Feel free to try and get someone else to engage in a pointless political argument with you, I’m not interested.

Timmm
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Timmm

I NEVER mentioned politics KAT! I mentioned Obama because he is the president! If it were Bush I would say Bush! It doesnt matter and it probably isnt even the presidents fault! I blame the network for cutting in. This is a soap site, dont start trouble! We voice opinions here we dont sling political mud!

Harry
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Harry

The president really ought to get his priorities straight. Has he not been briefed that Robin is about to be killed unless Patrick and the amazing Scorpios can rescue her on time?
Is he not aware that the night is about to get bumpy between Jason, Sam, Lizzy and Laura and hence, everyone needs to fasten their seat belts?
I was fine missing Nina trying to be a poor man’s Lucy Co, however.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Now, you stop that, Harry. Leave Nina alone, or I will find you and hog-tie you!

Shay
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Shay

Here, here, Harry!!!! Someone truly should get BHO up to speed on the intricacies of GH! Finally—and I do mean, FINALLY!—-there was something truly worth anticipating on the show (The return of Robert….freaking….Scorpio!) and we were left bereft….and on a Friday, no less!!!! That’s simply unacceptable! (And just as a glammed-to-the-max Dr. O. was also seizing the spotlight in her own rapturous moment….by the way, am I the only one who thinks Progressive’s “Flo” could play Liesl’s doppelganger or baby sis? Couldn’t help but notice the uncanny resemblance between them during those recent commercial runs….but I digress!) I’m totally with… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Cee Cee, for your sake, I want to like Nina–truly I do. But alas, I cannot. I have come to the realization that I am allergic to the sight of Michelle Stafford. Shay, I have managed to see most of Monday’s show courtesy of Canada and I can tell you that you’re going to love her scenes. I will give you a snippet of one little scene to which you can look forward: Franco, Lizzy and Dr O arrive at the Nutcracker ball and the photographers take their pictures. Maxie says to Dillon, “Now there’s a good example of what’s… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Bravo, Harry! Bravo! Thank you for that! Now, onto another matter. Because I couldn’t reply to you directly in the SNL thread, I will do so here. I liked your reply: “Isn’t that special!” Also from that same era, I used to love the skits Jon Lovitz did with Tom Hanks when Tom hosted the show. They played a couple of losers who would stand on a street corner and watch the ladies go by, to which they would comment, “Helllo!” “A real beauty!” “Not even a second look!” Etc…. To this day, when I am walking and see an… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

@Harry…..How right you were about Dr. O.! She was indeed priceless, and way too sublime in her otherworldly, Cruella de Ville-styled evening get-up! One thing you can say about Liesl is she certainly isn’t on the same plane of existence as most of those other mere mortals who inhabit Port Charles! Her most healthy sense of self and completely oblivious nature to the rest of the world’s reaction to her is really quite something…not to mention, hilarious! Ms. Gati has promised a special surprise for GH viewers on her Twitter page, so I am hoping today’s episode was simply the… Read more »

tim S
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tim S

Glad to hear that there will be a new episode on Christmas Eve.. Thanks!!!

Abruzzfan
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Abruzzfan

I was really looking forward to this episode. Will have to wait for Monday now.

Jane
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Jane

It sucks, but at least they showed something.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Yeah. They showed something all right. As soon as I saw Valerie show up at Dante’s door, I turned TV off and did some yoga….just to relieve the stress her image causes me.

WES
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WES

I thought I was the only one who felt that way. Thanks for speaking up CeeCee.

su0000
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su0000

ABC has to air the president, it is the way it is…No choice.
It was his last speech of 2015, year end thing.
the soap fans are minuscule in comparison to the rest of the USA population who want to hear him..
Being busy with christmas stuff to get done, Monday will come quick..

Timmm
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Timmm

Who would care what he said at 2pm? People work! They can see it on Twitter, Facebook or TMZ!

Matthew
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Matthew

Exactly, su0000! A few of these haters commenting may not support the president, but they should respect the office that he holds. This was the final presidential press conference for the year and important issues that the American people care about were being discussed.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I agree, su. The President interruptions only irritates me marginally. It is what it is. There are worse things….like Seeing Valerie and Sonny (oops, you love him, sorry), or watching Ashley pant after her future son-in-law….hmmmm, let’s see, what else? Oh, watching Andre brainwash Chad…..plaeeeze!! Lol. I just can’t stand when posters equate/translate disgruntled comments as hate. What is it with this word? It must be the 21st Cenuring word of the millennium. I wish fans would stop using the word. What bothers me even more, SuzieQ, is the grammatically incorrect expression…”hating on me”. Those words drive me up every… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Century….WOW!

edie bailey
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edie bailey

So grateful to Nathan Varni and ABC for deciding in the interest of GH’s audience–finally!! It seems like an eternity since the network seemed to care enough to postpone an episode that was either partially or entirely preempted. For a long time, the attitude towards viewers was “Oh, well, they can watch on demand, hulu, etc.” Calls to my local affiliate simply fell on deaf ears, saying it was pretty much out of their control to perhaps even air the missed episode overnight. Other viewing alternatives do nothing to help the show’s fragile ratings and pose inconvenience to those who… Read more »

Lin
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Lin

I believe when the President has a news conference it should be televised. By why not have it during the Chew or during that show after GH? Why always during the GH time? Or wait til after GH to cover, unless it is totally an emergency. My guess is the president and his people are too busy to watch daytime TV. Perhaps someone could tell them to perhaps have the conferences before or after that time. Also, why doesn’t ABC preempt that ridiculous drivel after GH and run GH at 3:00 ?

Dan
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Dan

Glad to see the comments here are a lot more level headed than the people on the GH Facebook page that were freaking out like the world was gonna end, and calling the President every name in the book, because their television show was interrupted. Some people need to get a grip and get their priorities in order.

Glad that ABC is doing their best to fix the situation, making sure everyone sees Friday’s episode in its entirety on Monday, and then airing the Christmas Eve show on the 24th. Problem solved, nothing to worry about.

Timmm
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Timmm

Well Dan, I wasnt “Freaking Out” when Obama stepped on GH but I wasnt happy. NOTHING he said mattered at 2pm on a Friday! Also, suggesting people get a grip and get their priorities in order is weak. Your priorities are different than mine. You worry about yours, I’ll worry about mine. I certainly can make a rational choice without someone telling me. People invest five hours a week watching GH. They were disappointed. The world didnt end and we will see Robert Scorpio and Co. on Monday.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

That’s my Ti-immm!!

Matthew
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Matthew

Those hatriots are just heated because GH has had a lot of progressive storylines including the recent scenes between Tracy, Monica, and Paul concerning gun violence. If they don’t like it, they can spare themselves the one hour a day they switch over from FOX “News” for GH and just leave the TV on that mind numbing station 24/7.

Tristan
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Tristan

Matthew, on another soap site there are quite a few getting their knickers in a twist about the gun buyback, saying they resent ABC using GH as an anti-gun platform. GH anti-gun??????? A show that glorifies mobsters and gun violence is anti-gun? This is all just to get more guns into Paul’s hands. Although I personally would not mind an anti-gun perspective after all GH’s glorification of violence, I do not pretend to speak for anyone but myself.

Timmm
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Timmm

EVERY freakin time that president blinks ABC has to carry him live! Like I’ve said in the past, 911 part II, god forbid, yes, cut in BUT for Obama to wrap up the year and say goodbye before he goes on Christmas break, REALLY! I wont even make it about HIM, this is on ABC! Why are you cutting in on GH when this guy had nothing to say and there are 24 freakin hour news channels that can and did carry this blah, blah, blah! Another swift kick in the azz of soap fans!

rose
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rose

Dear President Obama, I know Special Reports are important, but you have given two in the last couple of weeks that have interrupted General Hospital…and today was the The Nutcracker Gala fans had been waiting for. Maybe the Gala isn’t as important as some of the world affairs you are dealing with, but for many of us soap fans they are a time out from more serious news. So suggestion…why not time your afternoon Special Reports to 3pm est. This way no frustrated General Hospital fans wondering about Jason/Liz/Sam, they are not interrupting one of ABC’s good afternoon shows (the… Read more »

elm51
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elm51

just so you know gh is aired at different times depending on the market area – i live in the philadelphia area and it is aired at 3pm so if he came on at 3pm there will still be frustrated gh fans……………………

Harry
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Harry

Rose, I understand. However, this letter should go to network heads. It’s not like the president woke up that fateful day and decided he would interrupt our soaps.This has been going on since FDR interrupted the “stories” on the radio.

Tristan
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Tristan

Harry, I replied to a post of yours in the “Scorpio” thread. Wondering if you remember something I posted about.

Rose
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Rose

Harry…It was meant to be a bit facetious. Guess I didn’t “fun” it up enough, even though I admit I still meant the spirit of it…and certainly the well wishes. Have a good holiday. 🙂

Elaine Knauss
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Elaine Knauss

No matter, who is President, why is GH always interrupted for a news conference? Why can’t it be captioned, on the corner of the TV, as accidents are. I thought this is one reason why cable news was invented. The scheduled news comes on right after GH, anyway. This Friday’s, news conference, was so Star Wars, at the White House, could be on schedule! Interrupt all these “talk shows”, for a change. There is no “story line” to be interrupted.

Rodd
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Rodd

NEVER happy with a bazillion news channels when my soap is pre-empted. However, I’m glad it will be shown on Monday so I won’t miss it.

jlh
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jlh

I’ve missed SOOOOO many episodes because GH was pre-empted locally but not nationally, so I’m really happy to hear I won’t be missing an ep plus get a new one on X-mas Eve. I can’t recall the episode/storyline, but years and years ago (ok…decades!) I missed out on the reveal of a murderer because of pre-emption. Of course, we have online viewing options now but my TV’s not set up for that and I’d rather not watch TV on my laptop.

Gert
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Gert

I was an avid All My Children viewer. I recall many special news reports airing at 1:00 in the AMC timeslot. Now it’s during General Hospital. WTH…glad it will be on Monday. News has its time and place…any time but during soap hour.

robbie
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robbie

Good call! Mr. Varni got something right.

Mister Media
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Mister Media

With the proliferation of options available today the network should run a crawl advising interested viewers of the upcoming news event and referring them to an online source or related news network. After all, it is the network’s most regular viewers who are being given the short end of the stick. This would not be recommended for breaking news stories but for scheduled events like press conferences it would be ideal.

su0000
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su0000

The numbers of people who watch soaps is a drop in the bucket of the population.
Many want to hear the President, they do not care about soaps.
It was the President’s last round up speech of 2015, and even soap fans should listen, be informed as to our nation..

Harry
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Harry

Oh my God, Su00. I totally agree with you.
You are making far too much sense here and it worieds me.

Timmm
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Timmm

Best post here!

carol
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carol

I would think that a speech and/or press conference would get more attention during prime time than in the middle of the afternoon. The majority of people are working during the day. I guess they don’t want to interrupt the primetime shows.

Linda
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Linda

I wish that my local ABC network would air GH on their alternate local channel when they interrupt. They constantly interrupt for local stories such as store holdups, police chases, etc. I have called when they do this but you get a general voice mail box if you want to talk to them. I used to be able to watch GH on youtube but it is taken down if anybody loads it daily.

su0000
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su0000

ok folks..
Going bonkers over missing one episode, to be run later, give some thought to never having another episode..
Ask the OLTL & AMC fans how that feels..
I suggest everybody highly support GH, get rid of J&S, and bring GH back to what it is and what it is meant to be before it’s too late..

linda
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linda

as long as we get to see it, that’s ok.

Catherine Schultz
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Catherine Schultz

Its getting ridiculous with the president and the abc breaking news interrupting General hospital, its a show I totally look forward to watching, love, love the show, I feel like Im part of the family. The president needs his own channel along with the breaking news. since they are always intertrupting my favorite show of all time.

Jeffrey
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Jeffrey

I saw the Dec., 18th show on the Canadian website. I live in Canada.

Newmanwins
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Newmanwins

I can’t remember another three year period (13-15) when GH has been interuppted this much. The problem is that Obama always does his planned press conferences after the lunch hour instead of before the lunch hour. GH gets hit the hardest by this cause they air after lunch while the other three soaps all air during the lunch hour. Y&R, B&B, and DOOL may take one hit in the pacific time zone but GH takes two big hits in the east/central time zones. I am just glad this is Obama’s last year and hope Hillary does her planned press conferences… Read more »

Kelly
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Kelly

I am so done with the news and press conferences interrupting General Hospital as if fans of this show does not matter. With today’s Picture in Picture technology and smart programming you would think they would have the respect to utilize technology in a way that gives us a choice choose to continue to watch the episode of General Hospital or watch the news conference by selecting an option with our remote that would take us to a news channel to see the interrupting conference. UGGG. It is so frustrating. 99.9999% of the time the interrupting subject is one that… Read more »

Jane
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Jane

I too, get very frustrated when soaps are interrupted for the least little thing. ABC is the worst with George Stephanopolis(sp) hogging air time every chance he can get. Its so disrespectful to the shows and fans.

Loretta
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Loretta

I am tired of GH being interrupted on Memphis , Tn channel 24 every time they sign a new coach , player, and stuff that could wait for the local evening news. If it were an emergency I could understand , but it is ridiculus. The worse thing is they don’t let you know at the front end if they will air it later and you can’t watch today’s episode inline until at leas tomorrow. As I said today it was interrupted to announce a new coach again!!! Please notify that these are not emergencies and should not interrupt network… Read more »

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Cailtin Reilly to Appear in General Hospital Tribute Episode to Her Father John Reilly

Tik Tok star, Cailtin Reilly, who is the daughter of the late soap veteran, John Reilly, will play a key role in the General Hospital tribute episode in her dad’s honor.

According to Variety who broke the casting news, Caitlin will portray Annie, formerly known as Anna, the daughter of her father’s character Sean Donely and Tiffany Hill (Sharon Wyatt).

In a statement on her casting,  Caitlyn expressed: “Words can’t describe how honored I am to be playing my dad’s daughter on the show. I grew up on the set of ‘General Hospital,’ watching him work for years, so it’s exciting to dive into a new character in honor of him. He’ll absolutely be by my side in spirit on set rooting me on. It fills my heart with gratitude to be a part of this tribute to him, and to feel so close to him working on a show he loved so much doing.”

The character of Anna was last seen on-air back in August of 2013, when she was portrayed by Courtney Halverson. In story at that time, Sean was poisoned by polonium and he teamed up with Luke (Anthony Geary) to track down the man who extorted millions for the cure, while Anna repeatedly got in contact with that man to get the medicine her father so desperately needed.

John Reilly passed away back in January 2021.  The talented actor first appeared on GH back in 1984 and last appeared on the daytime drama series back in 2013.

So, looking forward to seeing Caitlyn playing Sean and Tiffany’s daughter? Comment below.

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Lynn Herring Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Her General Hospital Debut; and ‘We Love Lucy’

Today, April 11th marks the 35th anniversary of the debut of Lynn Herring on General Hospital as Lucy Coe.  And wow, when you look at the road this character has gone on played to the hilt by Herring, it has been one entertaining ride for GH fans along the way.

Lucy started out as a mousy librarian, if you can believe that! And of course, she eventually showed all that she was a bombshell.  She then became quite the schemer and seductress.

Along the way, Lucy was married to Alan Quartermaine (Stuart Damon), was involved with Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom) and other men in Port Charles.

 

At one point, Herring took the character of Lucy to the now defunct Port Charles where she stayed from 1997-2003,

But this one time gold-digger eventually became the champion of the GH Nurses’ Ball and helped raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS research. Now, year after year, the one thing you can always look forward to is Herring’s hilarious antics and sincerity in her star turn as the emcee of the annual fundraising event.

On Sunday, the GH tweeted posted: “Lucy Coe knows everything about everyone in Port Charles and we would be lost without her. Please help us congratulate TheLynnHerring on the 35th Anniversary of her #GH debut”. 

Lynn responded sharing: “Thank you! Have loved every @GeneralHospital  moment!”

Share your congratulations to Lynn via the comment section below, and let us know your favorite Lucy moment too!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a Fighter, and an Idealist, and an Advocate”; Nancy Lee Grahn Gives Masterful Performance In Special Episode

When you combine superb direction, writing, production, and acting in a special episode of a daytime drama, viewers can see and understand the thought and care that went into it.

This was more than on display during Thursday’s highly-anticipated ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode honoring the 25th anniversary of Alexis’ portrayer, two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Nancy Lee Grahn, on General Hospital.

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In the story, symbolism was apparent and used for dramatic impact and it worked beautifully throughout, and best of all, Nancy received a script worthy of her immeasurable talents, and showed us once again why she remains one of the gold standards of our genre.  If you have not seen the episode DO NOT read any further as it contains spoilers.

It begins with an emotional Alexis looking at her mother’s watch which was still frozen from the time of her death.  While playing one of her mother’s records very loudly, she recalls Mikkos Cassadine kissing and dancing with her mom as a young Alexis (Natasha) looked on from the staircase.  When Sam asks her about it, Alexis shares that she sees the watch as sort of a representation for her own life being frozen over the last three years; which has included Alexis’ battle with booze taking over her life and her being disbarred, when being a lawyer was the way she identified herself and what gave her purpose.

Overwhelmed and anxiety-ridden, Alexis hightails it to Kevin’s office for a therapy session knowing she is going to Pentonville in the morning to serve her sentence.  She says she does not know who she is anymore.  Then, Kevin asks her how she spent her day thus far.  She flashes back to lunch with the good men in her life, Finn, Valentin, Jax and Ned.  Valentin tells Alexis she is proud of her for honing up to her mistakes.

Back at the therapy session, Alexis she was an attorney who stood for something and her life has derailed, and that she was a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate.  She knows she has to find a purpose in prison to make it through the three-year term and asks Kevin to help her find one.

Kevin wants to go back to when she was a little girl and her memories that are flooding back to her of Mikkos and her mother.  Just then, the younger version of Alexis is huddled in the corner of Kevin’s office, an image of her from the past.  Alexis tries to come to terms with her father and the choice of dangerous men and relationships that have marred her own happiness  … recalling Julian holding a knife to her throat like Mikkos did to her mother. She says he was one of the toxic men in her life, but Kevin reminds her all of the men in her life were not toxic.

Alexis starts with Ned as one who was good for her saying he was always stable, but she ruined that by recently sleeping with him and putting a wedge in his marriage to her long-time friend, Olivia.

We then flashback to earlier in the day, where Alexis ends up in an almost confrontation with Olivia.  However, Olivia tells her she misses the Alexis Davis she used to be and to get her back.

Now back with Kevin, a guilt-ridden Alexis relays she feels responsible for Neil’s death.  Kevin interjects she is not, nor what happened with Julian.  When Kevin attempts to bring up Mikkos again, Alexis rejects it and is angry that he is making her problem about daddy issues; like so many other women.  She vehemently shouts that the men in her life do not define who she is.

Then, Alexis flashes back to hurtful memories she has buried of a young Natasha witnessing Mikkos calling her mother a “greedy little bitch”.  She recalls it was on Christmas Eve and that Mikkos stopped by to give them gifts. That is when he presented her mother with the watch.  However, things took an ugly turn when he tried to leave, and she threatened to tell Helena all about her and Natasha. Next, Mikkos slapped her and that is when the watch shattered. As all this was going down, a young Natasha watched from the stairs and was horrified that she couldn’t stop her father from beating her mother and remembers how helpless she felt.

However, Alexis reveals to Kevin she thought this would be the last of Mikkos coming by, but he returned on New Year’s Eve and her mother took him back into their lives.  Alexis is beside herself that she could not protect her mother, but Kevin reassures her to remember she was just a child.

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It is then we come to the crux of the story.  Alexis looks over in the corner and sees her younger self crying. She goes to her younger self and tells her nothing that happened was her fault, and that their father was damaged and cruel. She tells the young Natasha this shouldn’t have been her burden to carry alone, and that she deserves to be happy. Then in the moment of strength and coming full circle, Alexis introduces herself to the young Natasha, “I’m Alexis Davis, a fighter, an advocate, and an idealist … and I will take care of everything from her on out.”  In that moment, Alexis embraced herself, and forgave herself, so she could move on with her life.

Alexis then flashes back to earlier that night, as the Davis girls gather for a faux graduation ceremony so Alexis could see Molly in her cap and gown and they hug. Back in her session, Kevin remarks that Alexis has repeatedly defined herself as a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate, and reminds her she has three daughters who have those qualities, and that all she needs to be is Alexis Davis.

Then, we get a heart-warming montage of Alexis though the years in honor of Nancy’s 25th anniversary with GH.

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As the episode concludes, it is the next morning, and Alexis enters Pentonville and enters her jail cell. There she meets her fellow inmate, who is studying law books to prep for her upcoming parole hearing. Alexis introduces herself as “Alexis Davis” and as someone who can help her.  We then go back to her mother’s watch which now begins ticking at Alexis’ home.  The show fades to black.

Kudos to Daytime Emmy winner, Phideaux Xavier for his outstanding direction, head writers: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor and script writer, Scott Sickles for the thoughtful episode, EP Frank Valentini and his production crew for putting it all together, and the one and only Nancy Lee Grahn for a performance that will be remembered as a classic.

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