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Soap Opera Journalists to Celebrate GH 60 and Y&R 50 in The Locher Room

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The past several weeks have seen some amazing milestones in the history of soap opera.  On March 26th, The Young and the Restless celebrated its 50th anniversary on CBS, and on April 1st, General Hospital celebrated its 60th anniversary on ABC.

While many interviews have been done with members of the cast and creatives, past and present, of these iconic television series, The Locher Room will pay tribute to both shows when it welcomes noted soap opera journalists and personalities for a special episode streaming next week on Friday, April 21st beginning at 3 pm EST/Noon PST.

Joining host Alan Locher will be Soap Opera Digest’s VP, Editorial Director Stephanie Sloane, Contributing Editor Carolyn Hinsey, along with Michael Fairman TV’s, Michael Fairman.

The trio will look back at some of their favorite storylines, couples, moments, interviews from these two legendary shows, and much more.

You can catch the show live here.

So, before we take part in this special episode of The Locher Room, name some of your favorite storyline over the years from GH and Y&R in the comment section below. If we get a consensus from our readers, we will mention it on the show.

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Alan Locher does a wonderful job with these shows. I loved the Capitol reunion several years ago, where he had the Queen herself Constance Towers on. Glad that you will be on, Michael. I’ll definitely be watching!

As far as my favorite GH storylines, the Stone/Robin AIDS story, BJ’s death/Maxie’s heart transplant, the original Ice Princess story with Luke and Laura stopping the Cassadine’s weather machine, Sonny’s wife Lily and unborn child dying in a car bomb explosion meant for him, at the same time Brenda and Jax are getting married, in recent times the Alzheimer’s story with Mike, are a few that immediately jump to mind for me.

For me on GH it was 1) BJs death w Maxies heart transplant 2) Clink Boom 3) Luke finds out he killed his own father to protect his sisters.

The real shock wasn’t that Luke killed his father – because the drunken abusive bastard frankly had it coming – but that Luke accidentally killed his mother, because he was swinging the baseball bat around, ironically using it to defend himself (and his mom & sisters) from his father.

Grew up watching Y&R, and there are just SO many to choose from. If I had to pick a top 3: Jill fighting Katherine for the Chancellor Estate (which gave us the best catfight in daytime history); the entire run of the Lauren/Sheila storyline (across both shows); and the reveal of Malcolm being Lily’s biological father (nobody could keep a secret from his characters like Bill Bell). Honorable mentions: Cassie’s death (because it forever changed the show); anytime Judith Chapman is on screen; and Ashley tricking Jack into believing he wasn’t an Abbott (had its bumps but it was such an incredible use of history and another well-kept secret, and Eileen Davidson and Peter Bergman played the HELL out of it!); and it’s not a storyline, but the incredible background music (no show before or since has done it better) and classic sets of the 80s and 90s that made all the stories come to life.

Didn’t watch much General Hospital, but it was Sonny/Brenda/Jax that got me tuned in. I also enjoyed Emily’s adoption; when Laura faked her death in the catacombs explosion; and, more recently, the revenge porn story with the cast’s incredibly adept set of young performers playing Joss, Trina, Spencer, and Cam.

Congrats to both programs on their milestones!

On Y and R for me my Top 3 are: 1) Cassies death 2) The climax to the David Kimble story and his death ending his reign of terror 3) Beth Maitlands portrayal of a Traci Abbott and her story of plus sized women and her struggle with body image. She’s still fantastic.

Y&R : Cassandra and Paul’s storyline a rip off of body heat but done very well. The aids storyline with Nathan sleeping with a gal who had aids and their was a threat to his family that Olivia might have contacted it. Cassie’s death best performance that JM has ever done . GH BJ heart given to Maxie it is criminal that the actor who played Tony did not walk away with the Emmy. Robin and Stone heart breaking . Luke and Laura in the catacombs dancing . Days past never catch those moments again

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Mac Comes Home

You probably needed the hankies during today’s Wednesday, June 19th episode of General Hospital, for it marked the return of fan favorite John J. York to his role as Mac Scorpio.

This was to be York’s first episode back on-screen since he underwent treatment for two blood cancers and revealed his health diagnosis and battle publicly back in September of 2023.

The scenes involving Mac gave viewers all the feels, and it looked as if reality and the soap blurred, especially in York’s scenes with his on-screen children, Maxie (who Max raised) and grandchildren, Georgie, James, and Bailey Louise, and wife, Felicia (Kristina Wagner).

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Since Mac was out of town supposedly down in South America helping a ‘friend’, some things have changed, including Spinelli (Bradford Anderson). having moved in with Maxie and the kids, to which Mac does not disapprove.

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In the meantime, Cody (Josh Kelly) is a man in conflict when he has second thoughts about not telling Mac he is his biological son.  When James shows up Maxie’s with Cody in tow, he lays his eyes upon the just-arrived-back-in-town Mac. The two share pleasant “hellos.” Later, back at the Quartermaine stables, Cody tells Tracy (Jane Elliot) the long and winding road story of not knowing who is father was for most of his life. Cody shares he finally found his father in Port Charles, but his father doesn’t know he has a son. Tracy thinks Cody now has a chance to re-set some things and should come clean.

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Meanwhile, Felicia keeps getting calls from Maxie while she is work at General Hospital and does not pick up. So, Felicia is unaware that her husband is back. Eventually, Felicia arrives at Maxie’s and is in for a big surprise when Mac appears and the two hug and share a kiss.

After the episode aired, and seeing the reaction from GH fans, John J. York took to his account on X. York expressed, “WOW!!! I’m just so humbled by your warm, kind and gracious words as Mac returned to PC! Your support has been monumental! I have a feeling, things are about to get interesting!”

So, what did you think about Mac’s homecoming on GH? Were you touched just seeing John J. York back in action on the ABC soap opera? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s Jophielle Love Talks On Violet’s Emotional Scenes with Finn, the Loss of Gregory, and Taylor Swift

During General Hospital’s recent episodes surrounding the death of Gregory Chase (Gregory Harrison), who succumbed to complications from ALS, many in the cast delivered touching performances; including Jophielle Love (Violet).

In story, Violet learns of her grandfather’s passing when she comes home from school and her father, Finn (Michael Easton) sits her down to explain that Gregory passed away in the middle of the night. Violet’s reaction was one of devastation and tears.

Michael Fairman TV caught with Jophielle on the red carpet at the recent 51st annual Daytime Creative Arts and Lifestyle Emmy Award ceremonies, where she was a nominee for Best Original Song for the song she co-wrote, “Shine.” The track was first heard back on a December 2023 episode of the ABC daytime drama series and is currently available on Spotify and other music streaming platforms.

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When talking about the departure of Gregory Harrison, and Violet’s reaction to her grandpa’s passing, Love shared, “Well, I was very tired from the taping of the three-day wedding, so I already had the tears in me. I knew that I was always going to see him (Gregory Harrison) in real life, but I was also very, very sad he was leaving the show. He was such a delight to work with.”

When Violet saw how difficult it was for her on-screen dad, Finn, to cope with with the death of Gregory, Love shared, “It’s hard for Violet, but Michael and I, we still see each other and he’s always happy (in real life). But, those scenes were hard. I was comforting him.”

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Receiving her first Daytime Emmy nomination as songwriter was a thrill for Jophielle: “Well first of all, I was jumping up and down and Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) came and told me while I was on set. I was just so excited.”

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Since pop superstar, Taylor Swift, started at a very young age as a singer and a songwriter, does Love see herself as a mini-Taylor? Jophielle emphatically stated, “I’m a mini Me“.  As to what she thinks of the record-setting Swift’s music, and if she likes her work. Love shared, “Yeah, yeah … so, so…”

What did you think of Jophielle’s performance during the passing of Gregory? And her comments here on Gregory Harrison, Michael Easton and Taylor Swift? Comment below.

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General Hospital Issues Statement Condemning Racist Attacks Directed at Tabyana Ali

After continued online racist comments directed at General Hospital cast member, Tabyana Ali (Trina), the series has issued its own statement on the situation across all of its social media platforms on Tuesday.

Ali, who back on June 9th took to X to stand up to the racist remarks sent her way, has been facing the same situation since joining the soap opera back in 2022 as a recast in the role of Trina Robinson.

Throughout her time on the ABC soap opera, Tabyana had been one-half of the popular young love story of “Sprina” along with Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer).

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Now General Hospital is standing up and alongside Ali, with its statement which read: “General Hospital does not tolerate hatred or bigotry of any kind. Racism has no place in Port Charles. GH is for everyone.”  Since its posting, the ability to comment has been turned off on the GH Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts.

While the statement does not specifically name Ali, according to Soap Opera Digest, ABC has been communicating with Ali and her representatives about how best to navigate the situation. Once the statement was issued, Ali took to X and said, “I appreciate you so much ABC/GH.”

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Back on June 9th, Ali opened up about the “hate” directed at her and then added, “To anyone that hates me, that’s absolutely fine. I don’t know you and you don’t me, but regardless I’m sending you peace, safety and prosperity.”

Several of Ali’s GH co-stars have posted the statement on their Instagram accounts including: Kirsten Storms (Maxie), Jacqueline Grace Lopez (Blaze) and Kate Mansi (Kristina).

What do you think of General Hospital’s statement that racism has no place in Port Charles? Are you glad they stood up for Tabyana, and moving forward for any form of racism related to the show and its cast? Comment below.

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