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Welcome Zachary Garred To General Hospital!

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Over the past few weeks in the rumor mill has been that Australian-born actor Zachary Garred has joined the cast of General Hospital as a personal guru and free spirit said to be a sidekick to Maxie named Levi, when Kirsten Storms (Maxie) returns on-air which will be soon.  The fan favorite actress is now back from her maternity leave and filming brand new episodes of the ABC soap.

Today, Kirsten confirmed via social media with a tweet that Zachary is indeed now part of the GH family: “Tweeters! Follow our new #GH homie @ZJGarred ! (He’s pretty funny)”

After Storms tweeted her welcome, GH fans from all over also took to Twitter to welcome Zachary to which he responded to many tweets! Very cool, indeed! Garret later tweeted that his first airdate will be on April 3rd.

Some of the talented Mr. Garred’s credits include: Foreign Exchange, Out of the Blue and the Aussie soaps, Home and Away and All Saints! 

Are you looking forward to seeing how Zachary Garred is paired in scenes with Kirsten Storms?  Let us know your thoughts!

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su0000
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su0000

whoopee !! Zachary Garred !!!
He is great!!
He most likely will be a lighter character??
He has natural humor ..
Looking forward to this!!

I like new character mixed in with the old, it creates more stories and nothing get stale..
The GH stars hold the show and all revolves around them and to throw something new in the mix is always good and Zachary Garred is a good addition!! 🙂
((I can see him and Kirsten Storms as working very well together)

Marjorie Manford
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Marjorie Manford

GH doesn’t mix new and old characters like that wish they did . On GH the new people take over with a couple of few exceptions. yet another new addition Ron has a way of making new characters so annoying and stupid that i give up on them pretty quickly. His very cute hope he can act Frank like to hire hottie’s who can’t act .Wish this new character was a q.

harry
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harry

If they can’t get NP back as Ethan, why couldn’t this guy be recast as Ethan? There’s so many new characters now that I need a cheat sheet just to watch.

boes
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boes

Oh great. Just what Maxie needs – a new sidekick. Why do I think I’ll be missing Spinelli real soon?

TPTB could have really pushed the envelope and given Maxie something she’s never had before – a brain.

But seriously????? ANOTHER NEWBIE??? Unless the show is expanding to two hours we don’t need another vehicle for Ron C. to amuse himself with his own cleverness.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Maybe they are going for that mega soap Prospect Park claimed in that lawsuit…to give Maxi a brain TPTB need one first…

Reagan
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Reagan

Why didn’t they make him the new Ethan and at least have the Spencer connection…

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I agree Reagan…he might have made an interesting Ethan and at least be a character we are familiar with…

Johnny
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Johnny

Raegan…..that was my FIRST thought when I heard Australian and saw this dude’s picture. However….this regime needs Ethan OFF the canvas so they have built in excuses to write veterans off in disappointing ways. We dont want Tristan Rogers anymore?….lets write him off by saying Ethan is in trouble. Tony Geary needs ANOTHER vacation? Lets ship him off to help Ethan. With the way Cartini disrespects the vets on this show, the character of Ethan is more valuable to them offscreen. On an unrelated note….has anyone else picked up the fact that TJ’s mom is calling him Tommy?? As in… Read more »

Jules
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Jules

Time and again I think GH couldn’t possibly stuff in another character to their hideously bloated cast – and not just any new characters, newbies – and time and again I am proven wrong.

How foolish can management get?

Kevin
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Kevin

There is room for a new character every week at “GH.” 🙂

Ces
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Ces

I wish they’d send Michael & Kiki packing. The two most annoying characters on this show!!

Johnny
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Johnny

Michael is only annoying when he calls the murdering thug who kidnapped him as a child “dad”. When he is around his REAL family, the Quartermaines, he is eminently likeable.

GH50
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GH50

So glad this guy is coming on and TIIC couldn’t bring themselves to write for AJ and the QUARTERMAINE family! Who wants to see that? Two years after this regime has taken over, GH is a sorry mess. What a disaster. ABC must be so thrilled with all the negativity out there from the fans. Actors leaving. The head writer acting out on twitter and ratings trending down. This new guy, Donna Mills…that’s GH. This will solve all their problems. And BTW, great introduction with Donna Mills. On for two days, has two boring conversations with two boring characters and… Read more »

David
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David

All ABC looks at our th enumbers, they could care less what people are saying on the internet. The GH numbers continue to be up from one year ago thats what ABC looks at. They could care less about a person going online every day talking negative about the show. When people stop watching and the numbers drop to levels from 2 and years ago then ABC won’t be happy. But if the numbers continue to be up from the previous year and in many case up from the previous 2 years, then ABC is happy.

Johnny
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Johnny

Love love love your post. Cartini is running this show into the ground. They couldnt be doing any better a job of it even if they were hires to tank it!!

harry
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harry

Well said GH50–pretty soon you’re going to have to change your handle from GH50 to GH86!
And what’s Robocop’s story? I don’t even know who he is and who he’s connected to. His chest is a better actor than he is.

GH50
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GH50

No David, ABC expects continued growth. If the ratings stay where they are, hovering around 3 million and actually below lately, they’re not happy. If they go down at all, and that’s the trend, they’re not happy. Just being up from 2 years ago or a year ago isn’t enough. Not when CBS soaps are drowning it in the ratings.

Shay
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Shay

Is that a rhetorical question, Jules????? Because it would appear that “Cartini” have no limits in the “foolishness” department! To continue trashing, then disposing of one popular legacy character after another, i.e., Frisco, Laura, Robin, Scorpio, and now AJ, is just beyond stupid….they have alienated the most enduring and loyal viewer base that the show has with all of their ill-contrived and undignified departures, and their latest may just be one too many. Sat back and relaxed during the past few days with the SK debacle to see how it all went down, and it would seem not well at… Read more »

Charday
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Charday

Love his hair-do!

David J.
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David J.

We can’t write for AJ but we can write for this hippie? Why does Ron still have a job?

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

GH has had a couple of good moments the last few weeks and im enjoying the Silas mystery but the show is going overboard with the almost constant additions while some characters they already have are sorely under used with barely any airtime…no wonder Tristian R. and Sean K. jumped ship…newbies are fine and refreshen the show…even the vets were newbies one time but this shows bloated cast and loss of vets will eventually cost the show viewers sooner or later…ive seen this happen on several daytime soaps…long running serials like Another World, The Doctors, and Love Of Life were… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Great ideas that never get finished —like what happened to the Spa Lucy was opening? Where is Mylo? What happened to Max– last I saw him he was shot, it was critical and everyone was standing vigil at his bedside— is he still there? did he recover? And where is Felix’s sister? They hired this new girl to play her and now she is gone? Does Lulu even own her bar on that boat anymore? And did the cops ever find that poor guy Heather killed who was there to checkout the noise in the tunnels? And now they are… Read more »

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

Is it too much for GH to ask their fans to keep a diary or score card? Maybe taking notes would be good. Somebody should tell the writers that most viewers refuse to use shorthand. OH, I know, they should have writers to rewrite what is written!!!

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

The guy that Heather killed could have been stashed away in an undiscovered bedroom in Sabrina’s magic apartment!!! LOL

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

Maybe what’s happening is something like The Invasion of the Body Snatchers. The newbies are taking place of the loved ones!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I know…those disappeared characters and Lucys spa should be explained…ive seen this happen on other serials in the past but it happens on GH way too often…i was a fan of Ron C., especially after his final year of writing OLTL but he is starting to loose me as a fan and will if he doesnt get his act together!!!

smoochie
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smoochie

Great notes .and observations.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Are they all going to live in Maxi’s apartment with Nathan? If so won’t it be crowded? Or will it be like Sabrina’s magic apartment that always has bedrooms enough for everyone who needs one, Britt, Felix, Sabrina, Carlos, Felix’s sister– does she still exist or was she written off the show? Does RC even know? LOL

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

LOL, your funny!

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

Correction: you’re funny!

missellie
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missellie

MarySF — you are too funny but sadly, you speak the truth! At least in the old days, the Brownstone had rooms for everyone and stories had a natural flow. I have only watched a few episodes in the past six weeks and none of them are good. I miss my old GH….it is not recognizable anymore.

smoochie
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smoochie

LOL on your comments, you nailed it. It’s also sad because the show is going from the ridiculous to the sublime. If I were just tuning in as new viewer I probably would not watch GH for very long. As a viewer of 40 years it is so frustrating and hurtful to watch my show become practically unrecognizable except for some tidbits thrown in occasionally to reveal some past history I had cautious high hopes in the beginning of the Cartini take over because of the rapid reveals and interesting story lines which were character and not plot driven. Sadly… Read more »

Johnny
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Johnny

The scenes between Nothin’ West and his mommy were painful enough to watch. WHY…seriously…would this show grab a high voltage performer like Donna Mills…. and link her in story to two of he dullest, most monotone actors in daytime who have no historical connection to the show and limited viewer involvement at best????? Something has gone majorly askew with Cartini’s vision for this show.

Reagan
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Reagan

Well said!

Tim
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Tim

I agree, detective West must have his lines written on his Abs! He is the worst!

David
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David

Because the idea of a veteran like Donna Mills is to have her work with actors/actresses who need someone to work with.

Lawrence
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Lawrence

Is it too much for him to already write for the characters on canvas?

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

DAYS does not have that problem. DAYS has a relatively small cast with characters whom each have several things going on at the same time. DAYS is a well oiled machine!!!

missellie
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missellie

That is what I like about DOOL…I can turn the show on and expect to find my favorites most days. I do not tire of any of the characters. Most of the characters have stories and do not disappear for weeks at a time.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Well DAYS has a built in mechanism to deal with it– as soon as the cast gets pass a certain number an alarm bell goes off in the HW office; he will immediately write a serial killer storyline where unlucky cast members are killed off. But if there is a rush he will write an explosion into the story he is working on to take out the largest number of surplus cast members as possible. It is a very efficient system, other soaps should try it.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Days does have some GH type flaws too…Bo is off to do some secretive work and cant have contact with his family which is similiar to Robin on GH but GHs is a tad more lame and Justin is off too, and there is no story for long standing characters such as Roman, Kayla, and Abe but im hopeful for an Abe and Maxine pairing…Days is still superior than the other 3 soaps because it has better use of most of its cast!!!

Michael
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Michael

Why not utilize John J York more now that Maxie is back instead of adding more characters? Just saying.

~TJ~
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~TJ~

I will reserve judgement for now~ but thinking he is a Spin recast basically. I agree with several of the comments here. Way too many s/ls have not had closer. So many actors on the canvas. S/ls dragging out forever till one just doesn’t care anymore.
Who care about Nina~ not invested in her at all yet lots of air time devoted to her.
Ava’s airtime is front burner and she is not a vet. While I am at it~ why can’t they at least have Robin ‘call home’?

Tim
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Tim

Yet another character on a bloated soap where we dont get ENOUGH of the people we really want to see! What is this, Maxi’s new Spinelli with long hair? Dumb!

Jeff
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Jeff

IMO, the writers et al are doing a great job with GH! It is miles above the Y&R and B&B as far as storytelling, acting and excitement. I’d hate to be Ron Carlivati; you people are never happy LOL

Johnny
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Johnny

Seriously??? I would love to be Ron Carlivati!! I could sit it my nice New York apartment, get drunk, write ANYTHING I want with full network support, earn an awesome paycheque, get drunk, pose in my living room while shouting “I’m the king of the world”, and send hostile text messages to anyone who dares to disagree with anything I say, write, or do. That would be the life!!!

andrew hass
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andrew hass

Under the previous regime i think the network had too much influence on what happened on GH.So maybe they have learned their lesson in that they should step back and let the people who know how to run a soap do it.Plus i’m sure if RC did everything 100% right with GH people would still find reasons to hate him.Plus Frank Valentini is the executive producer and he may have more control then Ron does.People can blame Ron all they want but i don’t think he’s 100% to blame.Plus under FV and RC GH has had the best numbers ratings… Read more »

harry
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harry

Jeff, at one point you have to take not of the majority rule. Some of the people here who are expressing their unhappiness with the storylines have a history of being GH”s biggest cheerleaders. But you’re right about one thing–I am an ingrate. I mean, I should thank Ron for curing me of this life long addiction.

Jimmy
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Jimmy

Y&R is getting ridiculous and has been boring for a long time now, JFP and the writers clearly don’t know what they’re doing, losing Michelle Stafford, Billy Miller, Michael Muhney and now Elizabeth Hendrickson, all in a period of 8 months – horrible. GH is starting to become a bit ridiculous too, though. The cast is already bloated as it is, and the writing (especially the Heather madness) is a little weak at times. But, the excitement is definitely there, where it isn’t with Y&R and B&B. So far I’m loving Donna Mills, just not her son, Nathan. Whoever found… Read more »

Anne
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Anne

GH is still the best soap in writing and sophistication, but I agree with all that the cast is bloated and the storylines fractured. We need resolution and fulfillment, and we need the wonderful vets we all love to be on camera more. A lot of the storylines now, including Silas’s coma wife, are contrived even for soaps. Maybe Nina and EJ will end up in the same facility.

andrew hass
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andrew hass

Reprterdly yhis character will only be on GH for a 2 month storyline arc .Plus i think the show will be pairing Maxie and Nathan up.So Levi’s story might be trying to help Maxie fix her life and help her get the baby back because the judge said Maxie was barred from seeing her baby for 6 months and that ends in mid May.

Jimmy
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Jimmy

In my opinion, there are a lot of major casting changes that GH needs to make… Once the big reveal with Britt’s baby being Dante and Lulu’s happens, she won’t be needed anymore. Taylor is not needed (is she still even in town?). Heather has REALLY overstayed her welcome. I don’t like Sabrina so I’d like to see her go as well. I can’t stand Nathan, so I hope he’s gone as soon as this Nina Clay thing is resolved. Rafe is becoming really annoying so I’m starting to like him less and less. And I’m also not a fan… Read more »

smoochie
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smoochie

Jimmy , you hit on all the characters/actors I wouldn’t miss for a second though you failed to mention the new actress Vinessa A. I don’t think much of her acting and her looks (everyone posted about how beautiful she is ) remind me of a less pretty version of Robin Givens who I could never stand. I also cant stomach Maura West , who primarily acts with her eyes ( if she would make a real facial expression her face might crack from way too much botox) and her wannabe Marilyn Monroe walk and body language is laughable- Then… Read more »

smoochie
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smoochie

The new actor Zachary looks to me like a combo of Nathan P and newbie Ron P . I wrote a glowing comment when Ron first came on GH (mostly about his appearance ) but quickly amended it because he really lacks acting skills. I happen to like Aussie actors, and would much rather have Nathan P come back (unless he doesn’t want to lol, which I cant say I blame him)

smoochie
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smoochie

One would think that the soap PTB read our comments and took seriously this platform MF (who is the ultimate Soaps fan) has created for us. Judging by what’s happening to GH it’s just wishful thinking on my part.

elle
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elle

Would love to see Ethan come back. Sadly, I don’t think this man will play that character. Oh well at least he is attractive. He might look even better without all that hair..

Christie
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Christie

I do not care for his character at all, I don’t see a need for his character to hang around for long unless that change him a bit. I also agree with the comment Mack made o him on the show. Get a hair cut

ellen
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ellen

man, no offense, but zachary is sooo stiff as an actor, hope the role fits him better soon, because they look awkward together

Sandy Messer
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Sandy Messer

I cannot stand Levi Dunkelman or whatever his name is. Send his ass packing SOON!!!!!!

General Hospital

Brad Schmidt Steps in Temporarily for Johnny Wactor on General Hospital

Temporary recasts have been a common occurrence on ABC’s General Hospital, of late, but they have kept the characters and actions going when the actors have to step out of their role for a short term due to a myriad of reasons.

Now comes word that actor Brad Schmidt temporarily is filling-in for Johnny Wactor in the role of Brando Corbin.

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Soap Opera Digest revealed the fill-in casting news in their latest issue on newsstands now.

No intel on what GH airdates Schmidt will be replacing Wactor in, but they should be coming up very shortly.

In his career, Schmidt actually appeared on As the World Turns and Guiding Light back in 2002, and has been seen in numerous primetime series including: Summerland, House of Lies and Yellowstone. 

Wactor started his run as Brando back in 2020 on GH.

Interestingly enough, Wactor’s on-screen lady love, Sofia Mattsson (Sasha) was recently replaced on-screen by her own sister, Helena Mattsson for a few episodes, and now it looks like the tables will be turned for Sofia acting with Wactor’s fill-in.

So, check out Brad on upcoming episodes of GH, and then let us know what you thought of him.  Comment below.

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Breaking News

NATAS Reveals Categories to be Presented at 49th Annual Daytime Emmys and Creative Arts & Lifestyle Ceremonies

On Monday, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced which categories will be presented at the 49th Annual Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle and the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Award ceremonies.  Both award shows will be held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California.

The Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy ceremony will stream live at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT on Saturday, June 18 at watch.TheEmmys.tv and via The Emmys apps for iOS, tvOS, Android, FireTV, and Roku. while The Daytime Emmy Awards telecast will be presented live at 9 PM EDT (replay at 9 PM PDT) on Friday, June 24, on the CBS Television Network and streamed on Paramount+.

Check out the alignment of categories for each show and ceremony below.

The 49th Annual Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy Awards

Saturday, June 18, 2022 

Categories to be awarded:

Outstanding Culinary Series

Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program

Outstanding Lifestyle Program

Outstanding Travel, Adventure and Nature Program

Outstanding Instructional and How-To Program

Outstanding Arts and Popular Culture Program

Outstanding Entertainment News Series

Outstanding Daytime Special

Outstanding Short Form Daytime Program

Outstanding Interactive Media for a Daytime Program

Outstanding Daytime Promotional Announcement

Outstanding Guest Performance in a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Culinary Host

Outstanding Daytime Program Host

Outstanding Writing Team for a Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Directing Team for a Single Camera Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Directing Team for a Multiple Camera Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Music Direction and Composition

Outstanding Original Song

Outstanding Lighting Direction

Outstanding Technical Team, Camera Work, Video

Outstanding Cinematography

Outstanding Single Camera Editing

Outstanding Multiple Camera Editing

Outstanding Live Sound Mixing and Sound Editing

Outstanding Sound Mixing and Sound Editing

Outstanding Main Title and Graphic Design

Outstanding Casting

Outstanding Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design

Outstanding Costume Design/Styling

Outstanding Hairstyling

Outstanding Makeup

Outstanding Special Effects Costumes, Makeup and Hairstyling

Lifetime Achievement Award: This Old House

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The 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

Friday, June 24, 2022

Categories to be awarded:

Outstanding Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Game Show

Outstanding Informative Talk Show

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actress

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actor

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actress

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actor

Outstanding Younger Performer in a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Game Show Host

Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host

Outstanding Writing Team for a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Directing Team for a Daytime Drama Series

Lifetime Achievement Award: John Aniston

So, what do you think about how NATAS has chosen to give out this year’s gold statuettes?  Looking forward to the ceremonies? Comment below.

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General Hospital

General Hospital’s Nancy Lee Grahn Chats On Her Daytime Emmy-Nominated Performance and Its Significance

When the nominations were revealed for the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, General Hospital mainstay, Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis), was recognized for her stunning work in the Alexis-centric standalone episode which honored her 25th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series.

Grahn, is already a two-time Daytime Emmy winner.  She won back in 1989 in a tie for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work as Julia Wainwright on Santa Barbara along with All My Children’s Debbi Morgan, and again received the honors in that category in 2012 for her work on General Hospital.

Now. she is vying for the gold in 2022 in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category against other formidable actresses including: B&B’s Kimberlin Brown, DAYS Stacy Haiduk, Y&R’s Melissa Ordway, and her GH castmate, Kelly Thiebaud.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Nancy to talk about her decision to enter the Emmy race this year, her powerful and moving scenes, why this nomination is significant and important to her, and her take on some very important social issues of our time.

Always candid, insightful, combined with great humor and wit, here’s what Nancy had to share below, and make sure to check out GH this week when sparks fly between Alexis and Gregory (Gregory Harrison). Will he turn out to be the new beau in Alexis’ life? Stay tuned.

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Congratulations on the Emmy nomination.  How do you feel about being in the running again, especially with the material from your 25th anniversary episode?

NANCY:  You know, I don’t submit myself if I don’t think I have something, and I didn’t last year.  This year, I had the one show, and the first reason I submitted myself was I had the episode that was worthy of the competition. These judges have to sit, and watch this stuff, and very often, it’s hard to watch soap opera scenes.  It really is, unless you’re in it.  It’s a different kind of material that most primetime people aren’t used to watching.  So, it’s tricky business.  I don’t want to put them through anything too awful. I don’t want to torture them and I’ve judged before. It can be a bit tedious. So, for me to submit myself, I thought, it has to be something that isn’t going to torture another human being. The second thing is, older women get marginalized the older they get, and they get diminished very often, and every time we get nominated, it means something different to me.  This time, to me, I want it to somehow be symbolic, or a shoutout to women who are still producing, who have been doing their job for a long time and are still doing it good enough, and that it’s still worthy of respect and recognition.

When we were at the GH Convention back in March, I played the scene on-stage for the fans in attendance of when Alexis goes over to the corner of Kevin’s office and heals her younger self.  You saw the reaction just from the fans.  It’s such a beautiful moment within the story.  What did you think about how the standalone episode was crafted?

NANCY:  It was a different experience for me because GH co-head writers Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor, and script writer, Scott Sickles gave it the attention, but even more to that, they allowed me to participate in the creation of it.  They allowed the director, Phideaux Xavier, to participate.  We all sat in a room.  They said, “You know what?  Make it how you’re comfortable with it.”  There were so many people who gave it time and effort, and Phideaux gets a lot of credit because he came up with a lot of ideas.  So, the little girl in the therapy room wasn’t initially a part of it.  That was Phideaux’s idea, and they let us alter things, and they allowed me to write some words that meant something to me with the character.  Our producers, Michelle Henry and M.K Weir, who I both adore, were also a part of this.

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That is great to hear that you were involved in the collaborative process of the creation of the episode.

NANCY:  We read through the whole script, and we worked it like you would on primetime. We went through it like, “Does this moment work?  Does that moment work?  Does this make sense?  Does that make sense?”  We never do that in soaps.  We don’t get to that.  So, it was a gift to me.  It really was. Chris and Dan, and Scott and Phideaux, and the two producers, generosity in gifting me that experience and making sure that it was to everybody’s liking, was really very special to me, and it meant a lot.

Did you come up with the key lines which summarized Alexis as a person and her journey: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a fighter, and an idealist and an advocate?”

NANCY:  No. They designed it, but we were allowed to enhance and contribute creatively to it, and, we don’t normally have the time to do that.  They don’t have the time to – and you can’t allow people to do that with every episode, to be creatively participating, because it would turn into madness with everybody.

Then, when it came down to choosing the scenes from your anniversary episode to include for your Emmy submission, was that a challenging process of which moments to go with?

NANCY:  I just told a little story with it with the time that I had, and so, I edited it with a friend of mine.  I did a sort of pre-edit on it, I’m good at that, and handed the timeline to our editor, who nicely put it together. It took very little effort.

In my humble opinion, I think that episode featured one of your all-time best performances.

NANCY: Thank you. There was a nice effort from everybody, from the lighting to everybody else, and all the effort Phideaux put into it.  He worked so hard on that!  It was fun for us.  It was like the old days where you really got to work something out.

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It truly harkened back to everything we knew up to that point about Alexis and her past as well, and included a montage of scenes over the years.

NANCY:  I think it was M.K. who put that together, but when you’re working at the pace we’re working now, to have to sit and put together a montage of twenty-five years, that’s not an easy feat.  Nobody has time for that anymore, but they did it, and like I said, it was really, really appreciated.  My only thought with it is that I wanted it to be relatable to other people.  I didn’t want it to just be some, you know, self-indulgent Alexis episode. I knew that by bringing in the little girl and talking about people being hurt in their childhood and how that makes somebody feel that it was probably relatable to many people, and so it became meaningful to other people and not just me.

Do you think you’ll attend the Daytime Emmys? I know the last time you won you were not present.

NANCY:  Yeah, I’m planning on it.  I mean, barring anything happening! (Laughs)

Does it feel nice to be recognized by your peers?

NANCY:  Of course, it does.  It always does, and way too often, women who are still producing well in their jobs, don’t get the respect and the acknowledgment for it.  So, that’s why I’m saying, this is no small thing, and that I want other women to know that I know that, and that I wish for them the same thing.

What was the reaction of your daughter, Kate and your fiancé, Richard, when you told them you were Emmy-nominated?

NANCY:  Richie goes, “What is this?  Your 18th nomination?” (Laughs). You know what I mean?  It was just kind of like, “Yeah, sure, why wouldn’t you be?” It wasn’t like, “Oh, my God!”  It was like they kind of expected that.  That was nice!  I’m glad they feel that way.  I’m glad they weren’t surprised.  They were like, “Sure!  Of course, you would be.  Why wouldn’t you be?”  I said, “You know, it doesn’t always work like that!”

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Now comes the part of having to find a dress and all that goes with it for the red carpet.  Do you enjoy that part?

NANCY:  No, I hate that part.  That is my… oh ‘boohoo’, you know?  I mean, I have to find something to wear.  Also, the older you get, that becomes so much less important, and the more makeup, and the more hair, and the more foofy, the more ridiculous I look. I start looking like Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.  You’ve just got to keep it simple.

You were talking about women and ageism.  Do you not feel that also exists for men?

NANCY:  It exists for men, but it’s not at all on the same par as women.  I mean, men still get paid more than women, and men still are valued more than women.  I mean, there are exceptions, but if you look in any place of employment, even the soaps, you will typically find the men making more money than the women, and the older the women get, the less they get.  Life’s not fair right now.  It’s fairer than it was, but still the equality game is not won yet.

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I know how much all of this means to you in terms of equality for women, and people being run out of their jobs because of their age.

NANCY:  It’s just a reality.  It’s not something that I’m hopeless about, but I have a story to tell.  I’ll tell it when the time is right.  It’s life!  It happens in every field everywhere.  When my mom was 70, she was still producing the exact same way she was producing when she was 30, and she got run out, and was replaced by a man who was 40 or something, and there was no particular reason for it.  It was just, “You’re done.  We decided you’re done,” but like I said, it happens everywhere, in every line of work, and that’s why I just wanted to give a shout-out, when you still, after 36 years, can be recognized or shown respect or acknowledgment for what your do.  It’s a very big deal that I am appreciative of and grateful for.

So, rooting for Nancy to win the Outstanding Supporting Actress prize? Happy she was nominated for her work in the the milestone episode devoted to Alexis? Share your thoughts in the comment section below, and to tune-in to the 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on CBS and streaming on Paramount+ on Friday night, June 24th.

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