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Watch The Segment: How The Stars Of General Hospital Engage With Their Fans On Social Media!

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Social media has become a key component these days to our soap opera habits: we chat amongst ourselves, and even with our favorite soap stars, executives, or personalities.  Through social media there is instance feedback on storylines, couples and more,  and a way for cast members to connect to their loyal audience.  Of course, with the good of social media, there can also be the bad.  But if used the right way, fans can chat it up with their favorites, while the cast tries not to spoil any upcoming storylines!

ABC 7 New York’s Sandy Kenyon brought this video segment with the stars of GH to the local Big Apple newscast.  In it, Laura Wright (Carly), Ryan Paevey (Nathan), Lynn Herring (Lucy), Finola Hughes (Anna) Vinessa Antoine (Jordan) and William deVry (Julian), all who were back east recently chatted about the world of social media and General Hospital!

Finola Hughes related, “What I like about (social media) is the fact you are instantly in touch with the fans, the people who are watching the show”  Meanwhile, Herring revealed: “I think there’s a fine line we’re trying to walk to engage the younger people and keep everyone active, but also keep the stories on edge.”

Vinessa Antoine says she figured out social media comes with the territory now: “When I first started, I didn’t have (social media) in my world. I didn’t have social media to kind of dictate whether you work or not.  Now, that’s the deal.”

William deVry added,  “And there is a constant sort of struggle as to how much you want to share with the fans.”  While Laura Wright chimed in: “We’re not even supposed to tweet who we worked with that day!”

Watch the segment after the jump! Then, let us know if social media has become a key component of your GH soap experience?

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No doubt.. they way people watch media has changed dramatically during this past decade.. The soaps need to change and come into the new media styles of programing, the 21st century media,, I got a kick out of how GH shows the characters texts on the screen, big and easy to read.. Sopas need to modernize, and that means much bolder and a change of lifestyles to survive in this era…. It is great to be able to text/chat with soap stars.. fan letters went out decades ago lol .. goes to show how the world moves forward.. and that… Read more »

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I happy to see TPTB promoting GH. I wish they would promote the show more in mainstream media.

diana
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diana

GH totally rocks and I have been a fan ever since it first aired in 1963

Christie
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Christie

No wonder why I stopped watching local TV newscasts. They’ve become nothing but infomercials. On these broadcasts, the amount of cross-promotion and shilling for other programming on the station and its parent network has become beyond nauseating. Broadcast journalism apparently went out the window a long time ago. And seriously, do we really need MORE local news in the 4 pm hour on these ABC stations?? Then another hour and a half before the national network news at 6:30?? And now there’s a full hour at noon!! Please, enough already. I know it’s cheap to put on, but It’s overkill… Read more »

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Frankly, very few people in the 25-55 age group watch any daytime show live because most of us work during the day. Most of the people I know who still watch any daytime soap do it via DVR, On Demand, Hulu, or the network’s website. Those views are added into the live ratings. But, it takes up to 2 weeks to get the data from other sources. I don’t think lead-ins matter for a soap. A soap fan will find the program they want regardless of what is before it. That’s how most people younger than 70 watch tv now… Read more »

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I agree with you so strongly, and love that we are no longer held hostage with set viewing times and worn out videotapes.

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agree KansasGuest…that’s how/when I watch most of my shows..when i can or prefer to. And then there’s binge watching…so fun to sometimes just sit down and watch a few shows in a row. You don’t get that feeling that it’s over too fast. Unfortunately, advertising means dollars…and the more of us that don’t watch during advertising hours might unfortunately add to the demise of the ratings/the profit…and thus the soap era.

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Christie…Its’ not just news shows…talk shows which come under the guise of entertainment always promote other shows, films, albums, books, etc. Every guest that appears on a talk show is promoting his/her/their new project. The “celebrity” gets to tout his wares, the fan gets to see his/her public celeb “crush.” LOL…

In the case of this newscast I think anything to promote GH is a good thing…we need the ratings.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Helena, Jennifer Smith & The Ice Princess: What Did You Think of Luke Spencer’s Memorial?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital brought the highly-anticipated story around the apparent death of Port Charles iconic, Luke Spencer (Tony Geary), although many fans, and even some of the cast of the show, are not sold that Luke is “dead” dead.

During the show, characters spoke of some of the history of Luke in Port Charles, most especially Luke’s sister, Bobbie played by Jackie Zeman.  Throughout the years, Zeman is at her best when she is given material through the writing of the show to connect to the history of Luke and Bobbie.  She did so when Bobbie was remembering how Luke came to Port Charles to help her break up Scotty and Laura, in a discussion with her daughter, Carly (Laura Wright).

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As everyone is gathering at the Haunted Star to pay their respects to Luke, Curtis (Donnell Turner) arrives to support Laura (Genie Francis), Felicia (Kristina Wagner) and Anna (Finola Hughes) arrive together, Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Ava (Maura West), as well as Spencer (Nicholas Alexander Chavez  also show up. It is through Nikolas’ conversation with Laura that we learn why Luke’s sons, Ethan and Lucky, can’t make the funeral and, of course, we know why Luke’s daughter Lulu can’t make it because she is in a coma!

Victor (Charles Shaughnessy) shows up and snipes at everyone and then leaves.  Tracy (Jane Elliot), who has arranged the memorial, is with an urn supposedly filled with Luke’s ashes and Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) finds her on the deck of the Haunted Star and talks her into giving her planned eulogy.

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Meanwhile, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) finds his dad, Sonny (Maurice Benard) drinking at Charlie’s, and later Scott (Kin Shriner) and Robert (Tristan Rogers) stop in and heated words are exchanged between Sonny and Scott. Victor shows up and instead of Scott and Sonny pummeling each other, they get into a fight against Victor.

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As Scott and Robert are about to be on their way to the Haunted Star, Scott stays behind because of his past with Luke.  Then, Sonny tried to patch things up with Carly before they head to the memorial.

Back on the yacht, Anna and Felicia find a note and a flash drive, after hearing a commotion on the yacht.  When the note says “play me”, none other than Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers) addresses Luke’s friends and family from apparently the great beyond.  As Helena spews her venom against Luke, Laura has enough and pulls the plug on Helena’s video speech.  Tracy looks concerned, like she may want to hear whatever else Helena had to say.

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Next, Tracy does her best in short order to eulogize Luke.  That is juxtaposed with Scott trashing Luke.  Later, by herself on the deck, Tracy spreads Luke’s ashes over the waters of Port Charles. Back on the pier, Scott relishes Luke being gone, and that he is still standing saying, “You lose you son of a bitch!” Just then Luke’s ashes blow in into his face.  When Bobbie arrives, and see Scott full of ashes, she asks what happened.  Scott says, “I caught the bouquet,” an obvious nod to the Luke and Laura wedding of the past, where Scott returned at their wedding and caught the wedding bouquet.

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Back on the Haunted Star, Tracy then has a gift in hand for Laura, but she tells Tracy if that’s the Ice Princess she does not want anything to do with it, and tells Tracy to keep it.  Spencer sees this go down and his interest on the diamond is instantly piqued.

Back at Charlie’s bar, Victor has an ominous toast to Luke saying, “The good people of your fair city are in for a big surprise!”

At the Haunted Star, dressed in black with black veil, Jennifer Smith reveals herself to a shocked Laura.

So, what did you think of Luke’s memorial episode? Favorite parts of it? Least favorite? Share your thoughts in the comment section. But first, check out Helena’s videotaped speech and Tracy’s eulogy to Luke below.

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(WATCH) GH’s Genie Francis Shares: “I Just Have a Hard Time Believing, In My Heart, That The Great Luke Spencer Died in an Accident”

Today’s Friday episode of General Hospital, is set to feature the funeral of the iconic Luke Spencer (Tony Geary).

While family and friends will gather on the Haunted Star to memorialize him, what been teased by the ABC daytime drama is it will also set a whole storyline in motion.

ABC7 entertainment guru, George Pennacchio, spoke to several of the GH cast, who are involved in the episode including: Luke Spencer’s long-time love, Laura played by Genie Francis.

Francis exclaimed on the whole story: “I just have a hard time believing, in my heart, that the great Luke Spencer died in an accident.  No one stays dead on a soap. I don’t know how many times I’ve been dead. Really!”

Genie added: “I feel like they’re setting the stage, really, for a wonderful comeback and I’m going to keep my fingers crossed for that.”

Luke’s longtime friend played by Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) shared: “And has it actually happened? I mean, frankly, we have a little urn about this big that’s supposed to contain him and that’s it.”

And Luke’s sister, Bobbie, played by Jackie Zeman, also weighed-in if Luke is really a-goner: “Sometimes you get these little red herrings so, as you know, George, you know, you never really know.”

Watch Pennacchio chat with the GH stars below.

Now weigh-in, do you believe Luke is very much alive and well? Held captive, or “dead” dead? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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FRIDAY: Luke Spencer’s Family and Friends Gather To Say Goodbye On General Hospital

On this Friday’s, January 21st episode of ABC’s General Hospital, look for Port Charles to bid farewell to the iconic character of Luke Spencer (Tony Geary).

In story, after his sudden passing, Luke’s loved ones gather – along with some surprise guests – to memorialize him at the Haunted Star, where things don’t go entirely as planned.  As the town says goodbye to Luke, an exciting new mystery unfolds.  Meanwhile, life continues to unravel for the rest of Port Charles as a beloved couple comes to a fork in the road of their relationship.

ABC released this new photo of those gathered to pay their respects to Luke including cast members: Kristina Wagner (Felicia), Finola Hughes (Anna), Donnell Turner (Curtis), Tristan Rogers (Robert), Dominic Zamprogna (Dante), Laura Wright (Carly), Maurice Benard (Sonny), Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Spencer), Marcus Coloma (Nikolas), Maura West (Ava), Jackie Zeman (Bobbie), Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis), Genie Francis (Laura) and Jane Elliot (Tracy).

 

Looking forward to this emotional episode of General Hospital? Share your thoughts on what you think will happen via the comment section below.

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