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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 is why I love the change with GH and I like new characters to keep thing moving and interesting, they always bring new stories and new adventures with them….

General Hospital is the only soap that is in the 21st century..
It is bold, out of the traditional soap box, and modern..

long live the soaps!!!!!

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

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

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 and downright lazy programming.

On another note, I’d be very curious to know GH’s ratings locally on the handful of ABC stations (the O&Os in NYC, Philadelphia, Chicago, LA, etc. I believe) where it moved back to 3 pm (it’s former longtime time slot). Clearly, nationally it seems to be holding fairly steady, but I’d like to know. I know that lots of people DVR the show nowadays, but lead-ins do still matter to a certain extent. Honestly, I just can’t imagine that GH could be drawing enough younger female viewers (the demo most important to advertisers and networks) to the TV with the show slotted between REPEATS (!) of Jeopardy and the umpteenth hour of tired local news, both of which skew rather old. Talk about lazy scheduling on either side of GH.

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 – picking & choosing what they like, cutting out commercials, and ending the program when it’s done. It’s a waste of time to do anything else.

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

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.

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’s Adam J. Harrington Weighs-in On John and Carly, and How it’s ‘Starting to Get Very Complicated”

On recent episodes of General Hospital, Carly (Laura Wright) came to John “Jagger” Cates (Adam Harrington) rescue as he was beaten down in an assault. Carly put on her “nurses cap,” sort of speak, and got John to his hotel room and watched over to him, to make sure he didn’t lose consciousness.

GH fans also got their first glimpse of what may be a new romance for Carly, if she and John continue to bond.  If John and Carly were to have a relationship, it would certainly have a ripple effect with Jason (Steve Burton) and Sonny (Maurice Benard).

Adam J. Harrington shared his view on the scenes and what might be next between the two. Speaking to Soap Opera Digest, Harrington shared, “I thought it was written in a way where there’s an understanding and a respect between them both. I don’t think there was any moment where she was not aware that he’s an FBI agent, and there was no moment that he wasn’t aware of her history and relationship to other people in the town. I really liked it. I was really looking forward to shooting it with Laura and we had a really nice time shooting it.”

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When Carly and John part ways, it seems there were some romantic sparks, as Harrington puts it, “Isn’t that interesting that sometimes with people, the one moment they actually show how they feel is when they know there’s an escape hatch. They know they’re about to walk away. So, it’s almost safe in that moment to do it. I thought that was really special about how (the writers) handled John and Carly. Even the music in that scene was beautifully done.”

Where is this all heading? Conflict! Internally and professionally, and as Adam explains, “Who Carly was to John on paper as just a tool to be used as bait is starting to get very complicated.”

What would you think of a John and Carly pairing? Would you prefer him with Anna, or neither of them? Let us know via the comment section and take our poll below.

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General Hospital’s Steve Burton Reveals the Emotional Scene He Almost Could Not Get Through

On a recent episode of General Hospital, Jason received a message from his mother, Monica Quartermaine (Leslie Charleson) via a note. The effect it had on Jason’s portrayer, Steve Burton turned out to be quite visceral.

As GH fans know, although Jason’s bio-mom was Susan Moore, he was raised and adopted by Monica. Speaking on his Daily Drama podcast with his co-host and GH co-star, Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), Steve shared some insight on the difficulties he had getting through that scene.

Burton shared that in the key moment, “Brooklyn (played by Amanda Setton) came in and that’s where she gave me (Jason) the letter from Monica. That was a very hard scene for me to do. That was a tough one. That was the one time I was almost going to call ‘cut!’  It read ‘Jason, I believe in you.’ I was literally going to walk off the set.”

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To clarify and in the story, Monica was saying “I believe in you” and that she knows Jason didn’t shoot Dante (Dominic Zamprogna). Steve added, “It was tough, man. Emotionally, it was a tough scene. It was overwhelming in the moment.”

Steve went on to detail to Anderson, “She (Brook Lynn) pushed it to me and I read it and she was walking out and I had to stop her, but I was so emotional I couldn’t even get it out.  And at that point, I’m like, ‘Do I just keep going … or do I just walk off the set right now?’ But, I knew just to stay, because it’s so hard to get back there, once you shut it down. I knew, the next take wasn’t going to be the same.”

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It’s clear that Leslie Charleson is so missed on-screen as Monica by all of her castmates, and that Jason and Monica had a very special mother/son relationship throughout the decades on GH.

What did you think of the moment when Jason got a note from Monica that said, “I believe in you?” Were you touched as well? Let us know in the comment section. You can check out the latest episode of Steve and Bradford’s podcast below.

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George Russo to Appear on General Hospital as Carmine Cerullo

Coming up, it looks like Brook Lynn’s (Amanda Setton) grandfather, Carmine Cerullo is headed to Port Charles.

According to casting news from the ABC soap opera, George Russo will take on the role. Russo will tape his episode next week on April 15th and will appear on the May 15th episode of the long-running daytime drama series.

If George looks familiar he has been in numerous primetime television shows and motion pictures including: The Offer. Winning Time, Grand Crew and Shameless.

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Longtime GH viewers will recall that Lois’ (Rena Sofer) dad, Carmine, was previously showed up in Port Charles on and off from 1994 to 1996 and was played by John Capudice.

Clearly, it seems that Carmine will be a part of Chase (Josh Swickard) and Brook Lynn’s wedding.  Will it go off without a hitch? Are you looking forward to it? Stay tuned.

Who else would you like to see attend the nuptials? Gloria Cerullo (Ellen Travolta), any other blasts from the pasts who should be present? Let us know in the comment section.

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