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TODAY: General Hospital Marks Its 55th Anniversary With Special Episode!

While GH officially turns 55-years-young on Sunday April 1st, it is serving up its special anniversary today for fans of the ABC daytime drama series. General Hospital continues to be the longest running soap currently on television.

As for what’s on tap in today’s episode look for: walks down memory lane, nostalgia, a return from the one and only Lynn Herring (Lucy Coe) and some more surprises, and a song from Ned (Wally Kurth),

The episode will not only honor the rich history of the show, but also will move current story forward, much of which centers around an event that Sonny (Maurice Benard) has planned for this father, Mike (Max Gail) in hopes of helping his dad, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, to recall some important memories.

How will all play out? Stay tuned.

Now in the comment section below, send your congratulations to the cast, crew, creatives, and behind the scenes personnel for this incredible accomplishment of five and a half decades of soapy entertainment on General Hospital.

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aria
aria

happy anniversary to my favorite tv show period. i’ve been watching since I was a kid and haven’t missed an episode on purpose, thank you vcr, and now dvr, hulu, and iTunes, lol, keep on rocking and i’ll keep on watching.

MB
MB

Nothing Frank does honors the “rich history” of GH. he has decimated the show, kicked Vets to the curb, even am icon like Genie. Almost all the male leads are gone and replaced by Frank’s hires. Howarth, Easton, DeVry, James Patrick Stuart, Billy Miller, Matt Cohen, Wes Ramsey, now whoever this Chase guy is… I mean seriously, it’s a joke already.

It isn’t GH, hasn’t been since Frank took over. I won’t be watching the anniversary show as I rarely watch these days anyway.

Rodd
Rodd

So thankful to the cast and crew for all the hours of entertainment, enlightenment and joy they have brought into my life since I started watching several years ago!

Best wishes for continued success! Onward and upward!

Justin
Justin

I stopped at ‘much of which centers around an event that Sonny’. I just can’t with this show. The moral center of the show, the lead, is now a mobster who killed AJ Quartermaine. What happened to the show being about a hospital. Back in it’s glory days, GH, centered around the hospital. Even in the hey days of Luke and Robert and all of their crazy adventures, Steve Hardy and everyone that worked there, were still present, a lot. And also, the fact that Genie Francis was shoved out the door, still stings. I will not be watching this mess, that was one a daily appointment. But for those of you that want the Sonny and Carly hour, congratulations. At least I can say I was a fan when it had high ratings.

Charday
Charday

Congrats to GH–and keep on going. Hope the episode is something special, although a focus on Sonny is not encouraging. Lucy Coe and Ned Quartermaine are always fun.

Kate
Kate

I hope this episodes focuses on the history of the show and the characters who helped make the show great and keep it on air for all these years! Anna, Jason, Elizabeth, Scotty, Lucy, Bobbie, Monica and Ned should all be front and center! I am sick of Frank Valentini only using/catering to “his people”! Especially the overrated Kelly Monaco and all of Frank’s many, many, way too many new hires! This episode should be for the long time viewers – the ones Frank usually ignores! I hope today will be good! Under Frank’s tenure we see too many stories that fail to deliver! I really miss Wendy Riche! Congratulations and thank you to the cast and crew! Wish today’s show could include Genie Francis, Tony Geary, Anna Lee, John Ingle, David Lewis, Jack Wagner, Brad Maule, Stuart Damon, Norma Connolly, Tristan Rogers, Jackie Zeman, Tyler Christopher, Jonathan Jackson, Emma Samms, Vanessa Marcil, Ingo Rademacher, Rena Sofer, Sean Kanan, Amber Tamblyn, Sharon Wyatt, John Reilly, Rachel Ames, John Beradino, Emily McLaughlin, Peter Hansen, Susan Brown, Denise Alexander, Chris Robinson and so many others who helped make the show what it is! The fans remember all these talented actors and actresses; we appreciate them and the stories they told! I hope this episode honors all the ones that came before!

Mikey Kleckner
Mikey Kleckner

I have been watching GH since I was 5 years old 1980 that’s a loyal 38 years & am still invested in all the characters & show, always such a great getaway from my normal life thanks

Mo
Mo

So GH is the oldest soap of the four left?

Congratulations!

jaybird369
jaybird369

Hooray…N-O-T!!!!!

Josh
Josh

Neat

Alesia
Alesia

I really don’t like the dumb fact that Lulu was brainwashed into saying Franco was her attacker. Writers/Owners need to do better. No one is happy about this, you are screwing up a very good show with these stupid twist. Many viewers are already walking away and you all are pushing the rest away. Please fix this, leave Franco ALONE. And focus on all the clues and weirdness Kevin/Ryan is leaving behind. Thank you

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Sean Blakemore and Gilles Marini To Appear in Season Five of THE BAY

Two more stars very familiar to daytime audiences have been added to the continual growing cast of the digital drama series, The Bay. 

Now comes word that Daytime Emmy-winner, Sean Blakemore (Ex-Shawn Butler, General Hospital) who can currently be seen in the motion picture Ad Astra with Brad Pitt is coming to Bay City.  Sean will take on the role of Tony Foster, a character who makes a visit in an effort to “save the day”.

In addition to that casting announcement, former Days of our Lives star, Gilles Marini (Ex-Ted Laurent) will also be showing up.  Marini is also known for his work on Sex and the City, Devious Maids and Brothers & Sisters. 

Look for Gilles to take on the role of Judge Nazar Zekarain, a character who will also crossover to The Bay’s s spinoff series yA –  a drama focusing on Bay City’s elite and often troubled teens.

The Bay’s creator. Gregori J Martin expressed his excitement on the casting news sharing: “Sean and Gilles are absolute pros! Such a true honor to work with both gentlemen and have them a part of The Bay family!”

Currently, the first half of season 4 of the series is available via Amazon’s Prime Video, with the second half of season to be released later this fall.  No release date has been confirmed at this time.

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GH’s Maurice Benard Memoir Available Now For Pre-Order

One of the most highly-anticipated autobiography’s, Maurice Benard’s (Sonny Corinthos, GH) Nothing General About It, is set for release on April 7th of 2020.  But now according to the book publisher, HarperCollins, you can pre-order your copy of the riveting real-life story of Benard now by heading on over to Amazon  to make your purchase.

According to the log lines and publisher notes: “In Nothing General About It, Maurice looks back to his youth in a small town and his tenuous relationship with his father. He describes how his bipolar disorder began to surface in childhood, how he struggled to understand the jolting mood swings he experienced, and how a doctor finally saved his life. For years Maurice was relentless in his goal to be a successful actor. But even after he “made it,” he still grappled with terrifying lows, breakdowns, and setbacks, all while trying desperately to maintain his relationship with his wife, who endured his violent, unpredictable episodes. Maurice holds nothing back as he bravely talks about what it was like to be medicated and institutionalized, and of how he learned to manage his manic episodes while on the set of GH. 

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Nothing General About It is also an incredible love story about an enduring marriage that demonstrates what those vows—for better, for worse, in sickness and in health—truly mean. Maurice also pays tribute to the community that has been there for him through thick and thin, and ruminates on the importance of both inherited and created family.”

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Look for Nothing General About It to feature a 16-page insert featuring nearly 50 photographs.

So, will you be pre-ordering Maurice’s memoir? Excited to read what he shared? Comment below.

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GH Head Writers: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor Reveal More Details On Michael E. Knight’s New Soap Role

When daytime favorite Michael E. Knight debuts on General Hospital on September 30th, he will not be coming to Port Charles as his former All My Children alter-ego Tad Martin; but instead will be playing a different character.

EW.com has first look photo of Knight in his new role and spoke directly to General Hospital co-head writers, Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor for the scoop on the ever-popular Knight’s return to ABC.  On GH. Michael will indeed play a new role.

According to the scribes: “There are a number of people in Port Charles who are in trouble and his character will have an impact on how their stories are solved or further complicated.”

Both Van Etten and O’Connor shared: “As we were writing his character, we found out that oh, we have even more use for him! It’s helpful to know who the actors are in this situation. We have lots of ideas on how we can expand his character and cross-pollinate his character.”

As to how long Knight will be sticking around Port Charles, that was not offered-up, but what was is that Michael’s new character will mix it up with Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) with whom Knight worked with on All My Children when James played Will Cortlandt.

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Because ABC now has the rights back in their possession to use the characters from One Life to Live and All My Children, Van Etten expressed: “We have conversations when we have these actors come back about whether it’s more useful or not to resurrect their characters. “=We’ll continue to have these as the opportunity arises.”

So, what do you think Michael E. Knight’s role will be based on these tidbits from the GH scribe? Share your theories via the comment section below.

 

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