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TODAY: "The Clash of the Condiments"! General Hospital's AJ and Tracy Visit THE CHEW!

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The relish wars go to new heights on today’s episode of General Hospital when Tracy (Jane Elliot) and AJ Quartermaine (Sean Kanan) visit ABC’s The Chew in episodes where the fictional characters of Port Charles appear on the cooking show!

The scenes were directed by General Hospital’s executive producer, Frank Valentini in a crossover story between the two ABC branded series.

On Monday: AJ and Tracy face off on the segment “Clash of The Condiments” with The Chew co-hosts: Mario Batali, Carla Hall, Daphne Oz, and Michael Symon all tasting the opposing relish. The big question remains: which relish will be victorious?

So GH fans, what do you think of the concept of having Pickle-Lila being a centerpiece between the two ABC daytime shows?  Do you think it’s a clever idea?  Are you in for the ride? Or, are you on the opposite side of the fence, where you don’t think it’s cool that GH is integrating a story with The Chew, given that The Chew replaced an ABC soap in All My Children?  Share your thoughts!

 

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Ces
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Ces

It will be amusing to see AJ & Tracy battle it out, but I hate that ABC is promoting “The Chew!” on our soap.

Michael
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Michael

This is a chance for General Hospital to get a wider audience so that is a good thing in my book.

Ces
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Ces

well, when you put it that way, hopefully they DO get more attention! 🙂

Mary SF
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Mary SF

But you have to admit that Ron is the master of the “inside joke” He made the “Chew”- Spew- literally. We know that is teh nickname disgruntled soaps fans gave that show. I thought it was brilliant satire. Also loved when named the stage manager at the Chew- Todd, so when he asked Roger’s Howarth new character what his name was, you heard another stage hand calling the name Todd- (looking for the stage manager, but timed perfectly). It too was brilliant. And whole relish war is a satire for their feud with PP. It has gone on bit too… Read more »

Ces
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Ces

Hopefully the Pickle-Lila storyline is kaput now. It’s gone on waaay too long and Jane Elliot deserves so much more than this storyline. I’d like to see Luke & Tracy back at it and Laura getting jealous so we can get back to L&L again somehow!!
Loved when the stage manager called out “Todd!” that was brilliant and seeing RH’s face not flinch. Funny. So love that RH is back!! Missed him.

kim
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kim

I agree with you…i loved the scene when the stage manager called out TODD! TODD! with rh standing there!

David
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David

I don’t watch the Chew. I’m annoyed by this. Pickle Lila story sucks. I will FF these parts.

LAURA
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LAURA

I hate The Spew and this was just the push I needed to take GH off my Season Pass list. I only started watching GH b/c ABC cancelled AMC and OLTL, and I was on the fence about whether or not to continue. Thanks ABC for making my decision for me. Screw the Chew.

J_G
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J_G

Am I the only one who noticed The Chew SPEW connection in the condiment s/l? Hey at least they are listening…..

Rod
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Rod

This story has gone in way to long, it’s so STUPID!!! Now The Chew really???? That’s a slap in the face to soap fans!!!! I will continue to Fast Forward this crap!!! It better end soon. ENOUGH RELISH ALL READY!!! It was cute for the 50th but now ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Mary SF
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Mary SF

And it makes no sense- if your company success depends on relish — it really could not have been that great of a company to begin with. The only thing amusing was the relish wars was a way to mock the legal battles with PP– they got a few digs using relish to represent those three actors and whose property was who–but other than that , it lost its charm long time ago. I don’t FF because I am watching the broadcast as it airs- but I do channel surf during those scenes

Rod
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Rod

Relish, The Chew, Dr Britch & Sabrina do not = Love in the afternoon..only Fast Forwarding my favorite show!!!!

clh
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clh

As soon as they mentioned the Chew on GH, I fast forwarded through any scene with Traci and Nicholas that came on. I have no interest in being slapped in the face, AGAIN, by ABC by reminding us that they cancelled our soaps for this crap! As much as I like GH, if they continue to use it as advertising the Chew, I will stop watching it. Let them cancel it as far as I am concerned, because if they do then PP gets the licensing anyway. As good as AMC and OLTL are on the internet, I can only… Read more »

rebecca
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rebecca

First , I truly cannot believe that anyone thinks PP’s version of OLTL is better than ABC’s… I just can’t wrap my head around that! Don’t get me wrong…I’m rooting for Prospect Park to succeed…I hope their shows improve (not sure if they coudl get worse)…and I TOTALLY resent ABC for pulling the plug on the soaps. BUT! In all honesty OLTL was a much better show when it was with them. Thus, I have no desire to see GH go that route at this point; would much rather ratings be up for GH so that ABC doesn’t dump them.… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

one thing for sure… they need to rectify immediately…

give Dorian a serious love interest…

they should bring back… Brian Kerwin… as Charlie Banks…

formidable allies, dalliances, … will be elevated without dialogue…

between Dorian and Vicki… this would be easier to keep alive thise magical twosome… Brian Kerwin is a Hot Man.

kim
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kim

sensible comments like your rebecca is what i like the best. wish i wrote it. oltl was better on abc…

Barbara t loves One life to live
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Barbara t loves One life to live

Screw the Chew, I can’t believe I had to SUFFER through General Hospital with those idiots, HELLO, they killed ALL MY CHILDREN for this mess of a show and if I wasn’t pissed off before, I am really pissed off now, ABC sure loves to rub the noses of the soap fans in the dirt, I will never give in to ABC for taking AMC and OLTL off and changing my daytime viewing, I won’t be giving up watching GH we have to support what soaps are left, But I like ABC less then I did before todays show.

Christy
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Christy

hey Barbara t! but didn’t you just love it that the Chew’s debut on GH was to barf, and barf and barf…. much like we do when forced to watch their show! te he he

J_G
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J_G

LOL That’s what I was thinking. They sure did SPEW!!!!!!!! At least in that respect they were true to AMC/OLTL and ABC soap fans.

Barbara t loves One life to live
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Barbara t loves One life to live

Yes Christy, You are right about that, BARF, BARF, BARF, I hate the CHEW and have no plans on EVER watching it or ABC again, Just General Hospital and that is it, ABC is a dead channel on my TV.

Mary Moore Fergen
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Mary Moore Fergen

Sorry, Michael, I have to agree with most of these comments. I can’t fully express how much I hated having the cast from The Spew on GH, and how dumb the whole relish storyline is! If this fiasco of an idea does bring GH more viewers, they’re going to need them, after many of the former GH fans stop watching! I feel sorry for Frank V, Ron C, and especially Jane and Sean for having to participate in this whole mess. The illness that the Spew crew “suffered” at the end of today’s episode of GH exactly mimicked how we… Read more »

Shelly
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Shelly

There’s got to be a better use of the Quartermaine family. This stunt is a major snooze fest. Not watching.

heidi
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heidi

I am sure they had to do the episode plugging The Chew for all the publicity The Chew gave GH’s 50th. I don’t watch or care for The Chew… but I appreciate all the publicity they gave GH’s 50th anniversary and so I think it is only fair to reciprocate. I love anything when Jane Elliot is in it!!!

heidi
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heidi

I would be more happy with a crossover with a show that didn’t have anything to do with the demise of OLTL and AMC… a night time show would be preferable… like Castle!

Charday
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Charday

Did anyone count how many times they said “The Chew” on GH the last few episodes? Must have been at least a hundred!

Little Mary
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Little Mary

Refuse to watch GH until Mario “Get over it” Batali and his Chew crew are gone off the show. What a slap in the face to us soap fans to promote this show and put the actors through this insult. I still boycott ABC, except for GH, for taking away our beautiful shows.

Jovin
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Jovin

For it or against it, at least ABC is doing cross promotions. They are a business, and they have every right to run their business how they see fit. They cant take back what they did under Frons…they can only go forward. I think they are showing that they are behind GH. This show garnered more mainstream press buzz during the 50th anniversary than soaps possibly ever have. I think the storyline is a little wonky…ELQ is supposedly a global business with very diversified holdings…the fact that they are pinning ALL their future hopes on relish is fairly ridiculous and… Read more »

Tima
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Tima

I find the relish wars to be sad. I can’t even call it stupid because the s/l is just so pathetic. All the actors involved in that mess deserve way better, actually the show deserves way better. I don’t know when GH started going down the tube for me, but I couldn’t even make it through the first 5 minutes of today’s episode before I changed the channel.

Ces
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Ces

Well, whether or not the Chew gives GH advertising. that was the most stupidest hour of TV I’ve watched in a long frigging time. I’ve never seen a more awkward group of morons on a talk show and it was painful watching them trying to be funny. I’m sorry, but who the hell eats relish on crackers?? This whole storyline needs to go away and hopefully once they all puked up their pickles, that will be the end of this.

rose
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rose

Using GH for ratings, cross-sell, or whatever for The Chew, or the other way around, should always remind us to never trust ABC, ever!

Jacquie Barror
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Jacquie Barror

I love the Chew and have been a GH fan for 50 years! Merge them with a little relish. Done with great taste! Thanks.

Onlymy2cents
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Onlymy2cents

I didn’t watch the episode because I am still boycotting The Chew at every opportunity. I heard they all got sick. I would have laughed heartily had I seen the episode. I hope they don’t put The Chew on any of the soaps anymore–I even turn the channel if there is a The Chew commercial on. Yuk!

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Kin Shriner Celebrates 45-Year Milestone as General Hospital’s Scott Baldwin

What would General Hospital be without Kin Shriner, who has always played Scott Baldwin to the hilt with unique style and acting chops? Today on August 2nd, Kin marks his 45th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series, and the series just would never be the same without his four decades plus of performances, making him an enduring fan favorite.

Shriner debuted on GH back on this date in 1977.  Scott’s love story with Laura (Genie Francis) would begin to set a new trajectory for GH. Later, when Laura married Luke (Tony Geary) in 1981, and Scott made a shocking appearance at the reception and caught the bouquet, the character turned to the dark side which started a new era of story for Scott/Laura/Luke and more.

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Scott is the stepson of attorney, Lee Baldwin (the late Peter Hansen) and Dr. Gail Adamson (the late Susan Brown); although through the years they tangled over differences, the family loved and cared for one another.

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In more recent years, Scott’s legal eagle courtroom antics are always a must-see for viewers, as well as any time Shriner gets to show Scott’s emotional side, such as the time he learned his son Franco (Roger Howarth) had died.

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Kin’s scenes with his current on-screen love interest, Kathleen Gati (Liesl) are always a delight for GH fans, as well.

In addition to his General Hospital run, Shriner appeared as Scott in the GH spinoff; Port Charles from 1997-2000 and again in 2001.

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Share your congratulations to Kin on his 45th anniversary in the comment section, and then let us know what has been your favorite Scott Baldwin scene through the years. 

But first, in case you missed it, check out our interview last year with Kin on the Michael Fairman Channel below.

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General Hospital’s Maura West Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

On last Thursday and Friday’s episode of General Hospital, the ABC soap opera finally moved the story forward with the reveal to Ava (Maura West) that Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Esme (Avery Pohl) slept together, and within it, fans got to witness the beginning of the fallout and the reaction as played by three-time Daytime Emmy-winner and enduring fan favorite, Maura West.

As one might expect, the material in the hands of the mighty West, and the acting choices she makes are always intriguing and masterful.

In story, things start to unravel for Ava, when outside Trina’s (Tabyana Ali) courtroom trial, Esme and Ava have a confrontation.  It is there that Esme snarks at Ava, that she has the ability to destroy her world.  When Ava dares her to try, Nikolas shows up on the scene begging Esme to stop.  However, a manipulative Esme says, “Too late, I’m ending this right here, right now.” After lighting the fire, Esme walks off telling Nikolas to have a nice chit chat with his wife.

Next, Ava and Nikolas go to a private office, and Nikolas tells her that he made a huge mistake. A now suspicious Ava, asks, “What kind of mistake?” Nikolas then goes on to explain how he slept with Esme, just once, when he thought his relationship with Ava had tanked and had suffered irreparable damage.

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What comes after was where West shined, as a sarcastic Ava quipped, “Poor you, seduced by a high school graduate.”  Ava, then launches into that she thought she married a man, but instead she married a spineless weakling, and now she is going to burn him to the ground.

Later at Wyndemere, as Esme is frantically packing her suitcase and taking with her the all-important envelope linking her to Ryan (Jon Lindstrom), Ava appears and a confrontation begins with Ava calling out Esme as a, “conniving little whore”. Esme flaps back that Ava slept with both Morgan and Sonny (Maurice Benard)! Having put two and two together, Ava says she know that Esme is responsible for the revenge sex tape of Cameron (Willian Lipton) and Joss (Eden McCoyand setting fire to her car.

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Ava has wised up from all of Esme’s nasty statements and has come to realize that everything Esme has done including sleeping with Nikolas, feels like a targeted, planned attack on her, and she knows there is more to this story than Esme has ever let on.  When Ava spots the envelope in Esme’s suitcase, she goes to get it, but Esme grabs it from her. Then, with a steely warning, Ava tells Esme that she will be going to the courthouse now to exonerate Trina, and if she doesn’t, Ava will make sure Esme disappears and no one will ever be able to find her alive.

Now, while some viewers may be waiting for a knock-down drag-out catfight, we don’t know what will happen on Monday or Tuesday’s episode, but sometimes it’s more delicious just letting the words and its intentions drive the action, and West delivered the goods in spades in scenes with Marcus Coloma and Avery Pohl.

For all the reasons stated above, Michael Fairman TV names Maura West’s work as The Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of Maura’s performance in the scenes where Ava finds out Nikolas slept with Esme and Ava’s confrontation later with Esme? What do you hope happens next?  Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section.  But firstm check out some moments from West’s performance below.

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Tony Dow, ‘Leave it to Beaver’ and ‘General Hospital’ Alum, Still Alive But in ‘Last Hours’ Despite Reports On His Death

UPDATED:  Since the original posting of this article, Tony Dow has now passed away.  On Wednesday, July 27th his son, Christopher confirmed his death on Facebook sharing: “Tony passed away earlier this morning, with his loving family at his side to see him through this journey.  We know that the world is collectively saddened by the loss of this incredible man. He gave so much to us all and was loved by so many. One fan said it best—“It is rare when there is a person who is so universally loved like Tony.”’

The original post below is the story on how Tony’s wife, Lauren Dow, had shared that her husband was still alive after erroneous news articles on his death were premature:

Lauren Dow, the wide of Tony Dow, best-known of his role of Wally Cleaver – the All-American older brother of “Beaver” Cleaver (Jerry Mathers) on the TV sitcom, Leave it to Beaver, shares that he is still alive amid previous reports of his passing early today.

Earlier, Tony’s management team had posted news of Dow’s death at the age of 77 on a Facebook post, but that has since been taken down.

Now comes word from Lauren to ABC7 in Los Angeles, that her husband is still breathing, but is in hospice care in their home.  She admitted that based on some health issues that happened overnight, she inferred that Tony had passed away when she informed people close to her and the family.

However, Dowd’s son Christopher confirmed to PEOPLE that his father, “is still alive but in his last hours. Under hospice care.”

Daytime fans recall that Tony played the part of Ross Jeanelle on General Hospital back in the mid-70’s.   On GH, Ross was investigating the murder of Dr. Phil Brewer and in story, Ross also dated nurse Beth Maynard, who was the sister of Diana Taylor.

Some of Dow’s other TV credits included: Adam-12, Mod Squad, Emergency, The Love Boat, and Murder, She Wrote plus he directed numerous TV episodes.

Share your thoughts and prayers for Tony Dow and his family via the comment section.

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