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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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GH’s Parry Shen Delivers the ‘Power Performance of the Week’

How many of us have lost, or had to say goodbye to our best friend? Somehow fate or illness intervenes and cuts short someone you share so many memories with.

On last Thursday’s episode of General Hospital, Dr. Britt Westbourne’s (Kelly Thiebaud) family and friends gathered for her memorial at the GH chapel.  However, viewers knew of the special connection between Britt and her bestie, Brad Cooper (Parry Shen).

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Devastated at losing Britt, upset that she never told him she about her diagnosis with Huntington’s Disease, and mourning her death, Brad comes to her former office, where Britt was the Co-Chief of Staff at the hospital. After exchanging heartfelt moments with Britt’s mother, the grieving Liesl (Kathleen Gati), and Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Brad (with a paper bag in hand) spends some time alone in Britt’s former office, which has now been cleaned out.

Next, Brad takes out a carton of ice cream (for those who know the back-story, Britt and Brad would sit together each with ice cream and watch the red carpet at the Nurses’ Ball on TV and hoot and howl at the residents of Port Charles), and thus begins a very emotional and five-hankie moment, where Brad recalls all the key moments in their friendship.

Parry Shen was so touching in this scene, that if you have been a fans of Britt and Brad’s friendship, we are sure you shed some tears.

Later, during the memorial, Brad is pained listening to the others eulogize Britt, and when it is his turn to speak, he does his best to get through it and pay homage to his best friend.

We will miss the Brad and Britt friendship as will many GH viewers for it was one-of-a-kind on the soaps – two originally, not so nice people, doing bad things and finding common ground with each other, and eventually turning their lives around and being there to support each other.

For all of these scenes mentioned above, Michael Fairman TV names Parry Shen’s work, the Power Performance of the Week.  You can check out a clip featuring Shen below.

Now, let us know, what did you think of Parry’s Performance during Britt’s memorial episode? Comment below.

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Marcus Coloma On His GH Exit: “I Don’t Know Why That Decision Was Made, But I Don’t Feel Any ill Will and I Didn’t Feel I Got Fired”

This week, GH fans saw Adam Huss returning to the ABC soap opera as Nikolas Cassadine to finish out the rest of the scenes originally intended to be played by Marcus Coloma who ended his three-year run on the show a tad early.

As has been previously reported, Coloma came down with Covid-19 as his final tape days neared, and a decision was made for him to not return to finish off his last run of episodes.

With all the rumors and stances taken by everyone involved, Coloma was the special guest on this week’s episode of the That’s Awesome Podcast hosted by Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson and discussed his departure from the long-running daytime drama series.

Marcus expressed that when he took the role on GH, he was excited to be in that kind of environment (working on a soap opera), and only signed on for three years.  However, as time went by it became more difficult to reconcile leaving when his contract was up, sharing: “You fall in love with the crew and everybody along with it. So, two and a half years in, this decision that was so clear in the beginning is getting complicated.”

The actor added that while, “I knew the end was coming, it wasn’t like GH was saying, ‘Hey, Marcus, we want you to stay.’  There was no negotiation … and all I can say to that is I don’t know why that decision was made, but I don’t feel any ill will and I didn’t feel like I got fired. It just felt like … there was maybe an understanding that I was going to be there for three years. The big surprise is how much it hurt. Even though I knew I was going to leave.”

In the end, Coloma reflected that this may have concluded as it should, adding, “I really do have some big goals and those goals would have never been realized if I would have stayed. That’s not to take anything away from GH because I admire everything about it.”

Watch the episode of That’s Awesome featuring Coloma below.

Then weigh-in, what do you think of Marcus’ thoughts on his exit as GH’s Nikolas Cassadine? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Adam Huss Back to GH as Nikolas Cassadine

With Marcus Coloma’s last appearance as Nikolas Cassadine on last week’s January 26th episode of General Hospital, the soap opera brought back Adam Huss to finish out the dark prince’s storyline.

According to Soaps.com. Huss aired today on the January 31st episode of the ABC daytime drama series and will finish out the scenes that were written to be portrayed by Coloma.

Adam previously subbed for Coloma back in September 2021 and again in November 2022.

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After it was announced that Coloma was leaving GH, the network and the series agreed that it would be best that Marcus did come in to tape his last episodes since he was recovering from Covid-19 at the time.  Thus, we are seeing those episodes featuring Huss now airing in early February.

So, glad to see Adam back to wrap Nikolas’ current storyline? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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