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TONIGHT: General Hospital 50th Paley Center Center For Media Event – Watch The Live Stream!

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Tonight marks another milestone in the continuing celebration of General Hospital, who this month turned 50 years young!

Emanating from the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, many of your favorite stars and series executive producer, Frank Valentini and head writer, Ron Carlivati will participate in a panel discussion in front of live theatre audience discussing the history, favorite moments, crafting the show, and moving forward with the ABC series.

Joining Valentini and Carlivati are GH cast members: Tony Geary, Jane Elliot,  Jason Thompson, Finola Hughes, Jacklyn Zeman, Genie Francis, Laura Wright, Maurice Benard, Kristina Wagner, Kirsten Storms, Kimberly McCullough, and Kelly Monaco. TV Guide’s William Keck will moderate the panel discussion.

And for those who want to check it out tonight live from their computers you can watch it on the Paley Center for Media Live Stream here starting at approximately 7:15pm PT/10:15 ET.   You can also follow the action on social media @paleycenter on Twitter and use hashtag #PaleyLiveLA to join the conversation.  Andm if you are on the go tonight you can watch the live stream on the Paley Center app.

Let us know if you will be checking out the event tonight?  What are some of the questions you hope are posed to the GH panel!

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The_HugoBoss
The_HugoBoss

Michael, is the event open to the public or was it something you had to purchase tickets to in advance?

Judith
Judith

I tried to log on to see the live stream and it says you have to purchase tickets. $15 for non members and $10 for members. If you want to purchase, it says tickets sales for the event is closed and check with the box office 🙁

jimh
jimh

I would mostly like to thank them for a job well done, and keep up the good work to the cast and crew! Then will Kristen be Serena or Kristina, Roger be Steve or a Cassadine, and will Micheal be Jimmy Lee and ELQ heir, or maybe play Jason so they can continue to pair him with Sam?

heidi
heidi

Michael do you know if they will have this on the Paley site to view in the future? I went on their site and they don’t say? I will be watching for as much as I can tonight. Love the Paley sessions with the shows!

Doe
Doe

This was an extra act of GH, and so much fun. When the host talked about all the actors who are not around any more, it was really touching how affected every one was. Just remembering Edward and Lila and their love, was so touching. The Paley center should do more of these get togethers from time to time. Many fans would appreciate hearing the actor tell his or her story. Frank and Ron have energized GH with their creativity. Bravo to them!…

tarlyfan
tarlyfan

Thanks, Michael, for sharing the link. I actually watched the live stream earlier. Very interesting indeed. RC mentioned about populating the Quartermaines and then at the end he said there is a new character in town that is related to one of these people here in the panel. Uhmm, makes me wonder whether he was referring to Roger Howarth being a Quartermaine. Crossing fingers.

heidi
heidi

I have watched many Paley events and yet of course… this was my favorite… because it was GH!!! Thank you for telling us about this one… Michael! It’s about time GH had one! OLTL, Y&R and Days have all had one or more in the past… along with other soaps no longer with us. The moderator, William Keck, did a great job and appeared to be a fan. What a treat… to see this and learn more about our show and cast and writers and crew!!! The questions were great and the answers/stories were such fun! Especially Jane and Tony’s stories! Loved hearing so much from Ron about the writing and a fun spoiler. The code names were fun… especially Bob for Faison! I hope that they capture this show and post it on their site and hopeully it will get to Hulu… would love to watch again! Too bad they couldn’t have had longer and more time with some of the cast that didn’t get to say as much and more time for the audience and socal media questions would have been great!!! The woman in the audience that has watched for 42 years every day through family illnesses and such was one of many of us who have shared years with these people and this show and yes… they do become something like an extended family… especially through the difficult times in our lives or when we are alone! Why ABCD and others don’t understand what it means to some of us to have and to continue to have these shows is beyond me. They have such an opportunity now especially to continue with 50 years and find ways to blend that with all the new social media and technologies, and platforms is beyond me. No other shows on TV share the consistent involvement with generations of fans… even if they had to miss out on chunks back when you couldn’t record or watch on demand or watch on-line.. we kept coming back and we kept being invested in these characters and their stories… through it all. I choose to hope that GH is with us for many many more years! GH is simply the best… better than all the rest and I am such a fan and will continue to be!!! I know for the cast, writers and crew that in the entertainment world that it has a less than respected image to be associated with this genre… but we are grateful and very apprecaitive of those that stay with it or come back to it… because we love it so much more than the prime time shows that come and go or the TV movies or the major movies… GH and the others are with us throughout so much and we are very thankful for them being with us and providing us with so much!!! Thank you to evryone at GH!!! Thank you especially to FV and RC for revitalizing GH… it really is must see… Read more »

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Via Deadline: In an effort to get the industry moving-forward again where jobs were lost or put on hold, and production were completely stalled out-of-the-blue, the guidelines submitted by “The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the “Task Force”) is asking for consideration and adoption for the resumption of motion picture, television, and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19,” says a report for Governors Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York.

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You can read the details of the report here.  While there has been no word from the Governors and their offices if they have seen the report, bets are that several more steps will be needed before anyone would head and report back to a set yet.

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So, glad to know that this major step has been taken to try to get production back on track in Hollywood and New York? Comment below.

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The Best of the GH Nurses’ Ball Continues; Which Is Your Favorite Musical Performance?

As part of its encore presentations, General Hospital is entering into its second week of Nurses’ Ball episodes.

Since the show is currently not in production and ran out of original episodes, viewers are getting to see all the glitz, the performances and the drama that makes the annual ball (which usually airs in May) so fun to watch.

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Look for memorable moments this week from James Patrick Stuart’s (Valentin) when he performed Billy Joel’s “And So It Goes” and Josh Swickard’s (Chase) rendition of Portugal the Man’s hit, “Feel It Still” among others.

Here is a rundown of episodes this week to make sure to catch!

Monday, June 1, 2020 Episode 13565 (OAD: 5/25/16)
Franco gives Jake a helping hand. Carly blackmails Ava. Nikolas stops Hayden from talking to Jordan. Musical performances include: Don’t Go Breaking My Heart by Elton John & Kiki Dee performed by Emma Scorpio-Drake and Eddie Maine, This Changes Everything by Chris Ryan performed by Jake Spencer and Franco Baldwin; a striptease to Demon in Disguise performed by Magic Milo and the Magic Wands -(Felix DuBois, Dillon Quartermaine, Griffin Munro, Curtis Ashford and Milo Giambetti).

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 Episode 13812 (OAD: 5/23/17)
Jake shows Emma and Charlotte the Chimera canister that was sent to him. Jason finds Anna’s Chimera necklace on the floor. Sonny has Morgan’s medication

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020 Episode 13813 (OAD: 5/24/17)
Jake is scared when he sees the Chimera symbol on Anna’s necklace. Valentin tells Anna he sold the Chimera to Helena Cassadine. Michael visits Nelle in the hospital. Musical Performances include: Sara Bareillies’ Brave performed by Emma Scorpio-Drake, Amy Driscoll, Kristina Corinthos-Davis and Valerie Spencer, And So It Goes On by Billy Joel performed by Valentin Cassadine and It’s Not Over Yet performed by Josslyn Jacks.

Thursday, June 4, 2020 Episode 13814 (OAD: 5/25/17)
Sonny and Carly learn that Ava switched Morgan’s pills. Nina takes Valentin back. Anna tells Jason she is looking for a bio-toxin known as the Chimera. Jake sees Helena order him to do his magic trick, featuring the Chimera. Musical Performances include: Faith by George Michaels performed by Ned Quartermaine & Olivia Falconeri, Modern Love by David Bowie performed by Dillon Quartermaine & Kiki Jerome and Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen performed by Epiphany Johnson, Felix DuBois, Bobbie Spencer, Amy Driscoll and Deanna.

Friday, June 5, 2020 Episode 14509 (OAD: 5/17/18)
Curtis proposes to Jordan. Alexis overhears Finn tell Anna he hasn’t stopped caring for her. Sam finds Faison’s lighter in Peter’s office. Musical performances include: Everyday People by Sly and the Family Stone performed by GH Nurses’ – Epiphany Johnson, Felix Dubois, Bobbie Spencer, Amy Driscoll & Deanna and Feel It Still by Portugal The Man performed by Harrison Chase.

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So, with this being week two of previous Nurses’ Ball episodes being rebroadcast on ABC, what has been your favorite musical performance of all-time in the ball?

Check out this week’s promo from GH below, and Josh and James’ performances that will also air again this week.  Then, l

et us know your thoughts via the comment section,

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GH’s Steve Burton and Maurice Benard Deliver “The Power Performance of the Week”

Last week, as General Hospital aired the final episodes they had in the can, prior to the coronavirus TV production shutdown, viewers of the series were left with a one-two punch of gut-wrenching performances from Daytime Emmy winners, Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny)

Burton, also received great news last week, when he found out he was again Emmy-nominated in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category, while Benard, told fans he did not submit himself in the competition this year, when they were wondering where his name was in the list of the finalists in the category.  However, Maurice won last year for the second time in his career, for Outstanding Lead Actor.

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Now on last Tuesday and Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, Jason was trying his best to break it to Sonny that Sonny’s dad, Mike (Max Gail) is not going to get any better as he continues to decline from Alzheimer’s disease, and that Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.  Sonny is devastated sitting with Mike watching him being completely unresponsive.  He tell Mike he will be back to see him tomorrow, as he leaves Mike reaches out his hand slowly.

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Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) has just told Jason that she believes the signs are all there that Mike is on his final decline and battle with Alzheimers. Mike is unresponsive, not eating. and slipping away quickly. She believes he wants to let go, but is holding on for Sonny’s sake, something that tears through Jason.  Knowing Jason was told something by Elizabeth, Sonny asks what it is.  That is when Jason tells Sonny he thinks Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.

An overcome Sonny tells Jason that he worries that Mike might still want to fight, but for what? He is a shell of himself and has no memories.  It is then that Burton as Jason, in a touching performance, tells Sonny what he’d want if he were in Mike’s place. Jason reflect that he wouldn’t want machines keeping him alive or his kids having to go through what Sonny is having to deal with right now   Jason goes on to say that even when Sonny put walls up between himself and Mike through the years, that Mike never stopped trying to break them down.

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Once Jason leaves, with tears running down his cheeks, Sonny sits with Mike trying to come to terms with what he must do now.  Will Sonny let Mike die and spare his father any further misery … or will he try to prolong whatever time Mike has left?

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These scenes for anyone who has endured or lived through losing a loved one battling through Alzheimer’s and having to make a life and death decision, and the emotional turmoil and sadness it causes a family, could feel the pain and heartbreak played  by Burton and Benard. That is why Michael Fairman TV gives Steve and Maurice the honors of The Power Performance of the Week.

Watch a few scenes from part of Steve and Maurice’s ‘Power Performance’ below

Then let us know, what did you think of Steve and Maurice’s performances in the Alzheimer’s storyline? Comment below.

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